13 Warning Signs of Hypothyroidism

Did you know that our thyroid, the small, butterfly shaped gland in our neck, has some very important functions in our bodies? One of its primary jobs is to manufacture hormones that regulate our metabolism. These hormones also affect all the cells and organs in our bodies, from the heart to the brain.

When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough of these hormones, your body slows down. You lose your energy and your metabolism becomes sluggish.

Hypothyroidism can develop when antibodies are produced by our immune system. These antibodies attack the thyroid and damage the hormone production. Other less common causes include radiation treatment of the neck (when some types of cancers are present), some medications, thyroid surgery (removing the thyroid, such as when people have thyroid cancer) and too little iodine in a person’s diet.