The Thyroid gland in the front of the neck controls the metabolism of the whole body. Sometimes the gland becomes overactive or underactive. This happens most often in women over 50 who have a family history of thyroid problems or vitamin B12 deficiency.

Failure of the thyroid to produce enough thyroid hormone usually comes on slowly. Symptoms are excessive tiredness, coarse or dry skin, hair loss, weight gain, poor memory and intolerance of cold weather.

An over active thyroid speeds up the body – anxiety, rapid heartbeat, weight loss, trouble sleeping and menstrual changes.

If you feel it may be a problem for you, discuss it with your doctor. The problem shows up on a simple blood test and can be managed with a daily tablet.

Unfortunately, thyroid problems cannot be remedied with a change in diet or lifestyle.

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