The thyroid is a tiny gland that performs a number of activities, including hormone release. Numerous thyroid abnormalities can affect an individual and cause various health problems. Therefore, let’s take a deep dive into the most prevalent thyroid disease myths you’ve probably heard.
1. Your thyroid is causing you to gain weight
This is a common myth; however, it is incorrect. People with untreated hypothyroidism, although their thyroid gland controls their metabolism, are extremely unlikely to gain significant weight. The weight gain in severe hypothyroidism is due to water accumulation in the tissues, and it is this weight that is replaced with thyroid hormone replacement rather than fat.
2. Increased iodine is beneficial to your thyroid
Extra iodine isn’t always the solution. According to research, thyroid disorders are associated with a higher risk of not getting enough iodine or getting too much iodine. Too much iodine can also disrupt thyroid hormone levels, particularly in persons who already have a thyroid disease.
3. A higher dose of thyroid hormone medication is preferable
Many individuals falsely believe that this will give them more energy and help them lose weight, but this is utterly false. Your medication is intended to return you to normal parameters, and too much of it can cause you to shiver, have palpitations, and become more hungry.
4. My TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) levels are normal, indicating that I do not have a thyroid disease
Because your thyroid can fail in various ways, normal TSH levels may not always be correct. It is critical to consider gender, age, pregnancy, and thyroid disease treatment changes. A routine test for an aged person will differ significantly from one for a pregnant woman. Your thyroid glands may produce enough thyroid hormones, but your cells may be unable to utilize them effectively. A normal TSH level doesn’t exclude pituitary dysfunction.
5. If you’ve been taking a drug and it’s no longer working, it means you are getting worse
If you are taking a medicine and it is no longer working for you, you may require a different dosage or adrenal support. The adrenal glands and thyroid work together. Adrenal exhaustion may necessitate the use of natural herbal adaptogens. Once your adrenals are in balance, your thyroid medicine will start working like magic!
6. Natural thyroid hormone is best only
There are various thyroid hormone treatments available by prescription that are marketed as “natural.” These drugs, however, are not totally pure and may contain additional hormones and proteins that are not normally found in the body outside of thyroid tissue. They also contain chemical stabilizers and binders to keep the pills together, so they are not as natural as they are sometimes advertised. In fact, they can produce an overabundance of the thyroid hormone T3, resulting in symptoms such as heart palpitations, stress, shaking, and insomnia.
The thyroid gland plays a critical function in regulating the body’s internal processes. If you suspect you have a thyroid problem or wish to rule it out as a possible culprit for specific health problems, consult with your primary care provider to get your thyroid function checked. Simple blood testing can indicate whether or not a problem exists.
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