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You might have heard people suffer from weight gain, hair loss or changes in periods due to improper functioning of thyroid gland. But what about those symptoms that are quite common yet mistaken for other conditions? Here are some you need to know.
Feeling tired – If you feel sleepy or tired in the morning even after a good night’s sleep, it may indicate that you have a thyroid problem.
Depression or mood swings – The underproduction of thyroid hormones impacts the levels of serotonin (feel good hormone) in the brain. So stop ruling out other causes and get tested for thyroid disease.
Increase in appetite and changes in taste – High levels of thyroid increase your appetite, which in turn makes you put on weight. On the other hand, low levels of thyroid hormone can affect your sense of taste.
Dry skin – With low levels of thyroid hormone, your metabolism slows down. This in turn causes changes in skin texture and appearance. So if you have a dry and itchy skin, get thyroid profile test done!
Impaired cognitive function – It can also be caused due to changes in your blood levels of thyroid hormones and not due to lack of sleep or ageing. Hyperthyroidism causes difficulty in concentrating whereas hypothyroidism impairs your memory.
Low sex drive – Low levels of thyroid hormones impact your libido by altering estrogen and testostrone levels in the body. This coupled with other symptoms of hypothyroidism like body pain and low energy further lower your sex drive.