close up of technician scanning woman's thyroid gland

Hypothyroidism Can Sap Your Energy

Millions of American women suffer from thyroid problems, many of them undiagnosed.   Thyroid problems produce diverse symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain, hair loss, brittle nails, and unexplained weight gain. Since a malfunctioning thyroid can produce too much or too little hormone, symptoms can vary and be felt across many body systems.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck. When working properly, it produces just the right amount of two hormones. These natural chemicals help the body make and use energy and regulate temperature. Thyroid hormones also affect the functioning of the heart, digestive, and reproductive systems. Therefore, when the thyroid gland is not functioning optimally, the effects can be felt throughout the body.

Women over the age of 50 sometimes suffer from hypothyroidism when the production of thyroid hormones drops during or after menopause. They mistakenly believe that fatigue, hair loss, skin changes and muscle pains are a normal part of the aging process. Dr. Amy Siegel recognizes signs of hypothyroidism and can help you feel like your normal self again. For an appointment, call: 201.225.2555.

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