Women are more likely than men to develop a thyroid disease. Approximately one in eight women will develop thyroid problems during their lifetime. Certain thyroid diseases are more likely to affect women than men, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, goiter, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer. Thyroid disorders in women are often genetic and can cause problems with their menstrual period, getting pregnant, or issues during pregnancy. Symptoms of thyroid problems can also be mistaken for menopause symptoms. Hypothyroidism for example is more likely to develop after menopause.
If your body does not create enough hormones you may suffer from hypothyroidism and a slowing down of bodily functions. This could lead to more serious complications such as high-cholesterol and heart trouble.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM INCLUDE:
- Weight gain
- Dry or brittle hair
- Memory issues
- Slower heart rate
- Higher cholesterol levels
- Irritability and depression
- Cold intolerance
With hyperthyroidism, your body will create too many hormones and bodily functions will speed up. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
- Weight loss
- Heat intolerance
- Frequent bowel movements
- Sleep disturbances
- Irritability and nervousness
- Thyroid gland enlargement
WHO IS AT RISK FOR THYROID DISEASE?
Some women are at greater risk than others for thyroid disease and should speak with their doctor about getting tested. If you have had a thyroid problem in the past, had surgery or radiotherapy affecting the thyroid gland, or have a condition such as goiter, anemia, or type 1 diabetes, you could be at greater risk.
Visiting an endocrinologist provides you with specialized experience and knowledge for testing, diagnosis, and treatment of thyroid disorders in women. The doctors at Palm Beach Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists, P.A. have over 150 years of cumulative thyroid experience from the finest institutions in the United States. Our dedicated specialists work with patients throughout the course of thyroid treatment. To learn more or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, please contact us today.