The Thyroid: Hyperthyroidism Vs Hypothyrodism
We discuss the difference between Hypothyrodism and Hyperthyrodism , courtesy of everydayhealth.com:
- Hypothyrodism is an under active thyroid. Symptoms include fatigue, forgetfulness, dry skin, dry hair, brittle nails, constipation, weight gain, muscle cramps, depression, decreased menstrual flow and/or swelling in the front of the neck.
- Hyperthyrodism is an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include feeling hot, sweating, problems falling asleep, racing thoughts, difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, change in bowel movements, elevated heart rate and palpitations, anxiety, nervousness or irritability, weight loss, fatigue and/or menstrual problems.
Celebs With Thyroid Disorders
THE following Hollywood stars have suffered from a thyroid problem.
- Former supermodel Angie Everhart was ignored with thyroid cancer, however her prognosis was good, according to sources at the time. Everhart’s rep also added that the star hopes by sharing her news, other people will ‘learn about cancer prevention, its signs and treatment immediately’.
- Oprah Winfrey had trouble with her thyroid 10 years ago, admitting that she was suffering from hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. However, two years after her announcement she said she was off all meds and that her levels were in normal range.
- Sex And The City’s Kim Cattrall suffers from Hashimoto’s disease, the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. In this case one’s immune system attacks their thyroid gland.
- Singer Missy Elliot has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune illness that causes an overactive thyroid. Since being diagnosed in 2008, it has affected her motor skills, followed by a string of symptoms including dizzy spells, mood swings and hair loss. To date there is no cure.
- Actress Sofia Vergara battled thyroid cancer in 2000.She has since had her thyroid removed and underwent radioactive iodine treatment.
Fill Up On Iron
A LACK of iron can cause fatigue and even depression, say experts, so keep energy levels high by enjoy meals like lentils, lean meats and oatmeal.
NO matter how stressed or busy you are, eat mindfully, say experts. Slow down, breathe between bites, and take note when you’re full.