I’ve been reading an interesting book the last couple of days about thyroids, and how they work; and in a lot of cases, how they don’t work.
It’s quite interesting to read about the millions of people in North America that suffer from hypothyroidism in a variety of ways. I had no idea it was such a problem on our continent. Hypo meaning that their thyroids are not producing enough thyroid hormones.
So what is your thyroid supposed to do anyway? Here is an excerpt taken from MedicineNet.com:
Thyroid gland: A gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop.
Of most interest to most of us, of course, is the part about regulating the rate at which food is converted to energy, or in other words, your metabolic rate.
When thyroids are not working the way they are supposed to, you can become very obese in a short amount of time. There are a number of problems that can occur with thyroids, and in women over the age of 50, this is increasingly prevalent, according to Mayoclinic.com. Very interesting that increased weight gain can occur with hypothyroidism in women who may be going through menopause, while menopause is also supposed to result in increased weight gain due to hormonal fluctuations.
Getting your thyroid checked as a routine precaution may be wise if you are a woman going through menopause, as there may be more at play in your body than only menopause.
Have a great Sunday night!