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Is Your Thyroid Slowing Down? – Harvard Healthbeat

I confess to utter ignorance about my thyroid gland and what it has to do with my body and well being. So, this email from Harvard, interested me.

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“The thyroid is butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. It produces the hormones that regulate metabolism. Low levels of thyroid hormone can cause a range of symptoms including fatigue, constipation, dry skin, brittle nails, hair changes, aches and pains, and feeling down. Untreated, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can increase the chances of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

“Women are more likely than men to have problems with their thyroid, particularly as they get older. In some women, the onset of thyroid trouble is so gradual that it’s hardly noticeable; in others, symptoms come on abruptly over the course of a few weeks or months. These include:

•    Fatigue. You may feel unusually tired and have less energy.
•    Cold intolerance. You may feel chilly even when others around you are comfortable.
•    Appetite loss, weight gain. When metabolism is dragging, you need fewer calories so your appetite may decrease — at the same time, you are using fewer of the calories you do eat, so more are stored as fat.
•    Cardiovascular effects. Low levels of thyroid hormone can lead to high blood pressure as well as elevated levels of total and LDL cholesterol. Over time, an underactive thyroid can compromise the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively.
•    Mental effects. Hypothyroidism and depression share many of the same symptoms, including trouble concentrating, memory problems, and loss of interest in things that are normally important to you.
    Other signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism can cause symptoms throughout the body, from constipation to muscle aches and pain around the joints. Skin, hair, and nails may become dry and thin.
•If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. She or he will examine you for signs of hypothyroidism, and may recommend blood tests to check thyroid function.

If this has piqued your curiosity and you want to learn more from Harvard, you can purchase A Guide to Women’s Health: Fifty and Forward, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

Tony

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One Simple Life Hack for Fatigue

Eat less; move more; live longer is the mantra of this blog. Turns out that the move more part covers a multitude of sins.

I ran across this quote on WebMD “Exercise has consistently been linked to improved vigor and overall quality of life,” says Kerry J. Stewart, professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “People who become active have a greater sense of self-confidence. But exercise also improves the working efficiency of your heart, lungs, and muscles,” Stewart says. “That’s the equivalent of improving the fuel efficiency of a car. It gives you more energy for any kind of activity.”

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It doesn’t get any better or clearer than that. I feel strongly that exercise is not optional in our daily life. (Check out my post Is Exercise Optional for Losing Weight?)

The sooner you integrate regular exercise into your daily life, the better off you will be. Remember, movement is exercise, walking, running, dancing, climbing stairs. You don’t have to go to the health club if that turns you off. Just get those limbs moving and you will be on your way to better health and lower weight.

Eat less; move more; live longer.

Tony

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