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18 Indicators of Thyroid Disease That Go Unnoticed

By Andrew Alpin, 21 September

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The thyroid is one of the most important glands in your body that makes hormones that control your metabolism. These hormones affect your weight, your energy level, your vision, and even your heart. This gland, which looks like a butterfly, is on both sides of your trachea. But what happens when it gets infected? Even though thyroid disease is fairly common, you might not be able to detect its signs since they are easy to miss. So, here are 18 indicators of thyroid disease that you should never ignore.

1 Vocal changes

Researchers say that your thyroid hormones can change your voice even if you have mild thyroid failure. Hypothyroidism makes the voice sound low and rough, making you sound weak or worn out. Your voice may change in a similar way if you have hyperthyroidism, but this is more likely to happen if you have hypothyroidism. Thyroid disease can also cause the following voice problems:

  • Hoarseness
  • Trembling voice
  • Loss of voice
  • You can hear your breathing

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2 Puffiness on your face

If your face looks unusually full or puffy, it could be a sign that there is a problem you’re your thyroid, and it isn’t working right. This swollen look could be from extra fluid retention or weight gain. This is a classic symptom of hypothyroidism, and other similar symptoms include puffy under the eyes, swollen eyelids, puffy lips, and a swollen feeling in your tongue.

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3 Taste buds are not working

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Food tastes different when you have thyroid disease. You might think the food is to blame when in reality, your taste buds have changed because of the hormonal imbalances caused by thyroid disease. This is a common problem that goes unnoticed, but don’t ignore this warning sign.

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4 Goiter

When your thyroid gland swells, it results in you developing a disease called goiter. The reason why your thyroid gland swells may be because of a lack of iodine in your diet, among other things. Iodine needs to come from what you eat because your body doesn’t produce it. Iodine deficiency can cause trouble learning and hypothyroidism, especially in children, if you don’t get it treated. Iodized salt was made to eliminate iodine deficiency, which was very common in the 1920s. But certain natural foods contain a good amount of iodine- chicken, beef liver, eggs, milk products, shellfish, and seaweed.

If you haven’t talked to your doctor first, don’t take iodine supplements. If you have hypothyroidism, it won’t help to take iodine. In fact, hypothyroidism can be caused by taking in too much iodine.

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5 Fluctuations in weight

Even if you’re dieting and working out, if the number on the scale keeps going up, you shouldn’t ignore it. Your metabolism isn’t working right if you gain or lose weight without trying to.

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