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Thyroid imbalance can be connected to a long list of health problems...

The range of problems that might have thyroid imbalance as a factor is larger than one might suppose. The list of thyroid related problems is a long one. Perhaps some of the physical conditions you have experienced, such as weight loss problems, frequent illness, hair loss, depression, low body temperature, heavy menstrual periods, puffy face and eyes, are connected to the thyroid. They are all symptoms connected to the hypothyroidism.

Women are 5-8 times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism, and women become more vulnerable to thyroid malfunction as they age.

Since the thyroid is responsible for a metabolic rate, there is a direct connection between thyroid function and weight problems. From a nutritional standpoint, an underactive thyroid makes it impossible to break down food properly and assimilate nutrients from the foods you eat.

The efficiency of the other glands in the body are often severely affected by thyroid imbalance. For instance, A woman with a severe throid function may be unable to conceive.

It is widely accepted and agreed by experts that thyroid testing is not always an adequate predictor of thyroid fuction. Unfortunately, people with many symptoms of hypothyroidism continue to test in the "low normal" range. Symptoms can occur with a nearly undetectible form of this disease.

If you have symptoms, here is a simple do-it-yourself procedure for testing your thyroid function at home:

Have a regular thermometer, not a digital thermometer, ready by your bed. Try to awaken at the same time each of the next FOUR days. The very first thing after you awaken (before getting out of the bed), place the thermometer in your armpit. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Jot down your temp. If, after four days of recording your temperature, you find that the average of those days is below 97.5°F, then it is likely that your have low thyroid function, known as hypothroidism. You should consult your doctor.

NOTE: If you are childbearing age when doing this test, avoid the first week of menstrual cycle and the few days when you are ovulating. There are hormonal swings during these two period of time and the readings will not reflect your true temperature. This information is for eductional purposes only. This at home thyroid test should not to be used to replace any needed medical tests. Discuss your finding with your doctor.