It happens to everyone to feel particularly tired. Sometimes it happens only for a few moments in the day, other times it happens for short periods. The reasons are the most diverse: the season, physical and mental stress, the lack of some nutrients in our body.
Fatigue, however, could also be the symptom of a disease that affects many people every year. This is hypothyroidism.
Beware of fatigue and chronic weakness as they could be the wake-up call of this common syndrome
Hypothyroidism is a syndrome that affects the thyroid when thyroid hormones stop working properly.
In particular, when the thyroid does not produce the right amount of hormones, we can speak of hypothyroidism. In its initial phase it may not manifest any symptoms, but after some time, if left untreated, it could cause serious health problems.
The causes and symptoms of hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism could have various causes, including autoimmune disease, surgical removal of the thyroid, or taking certain medications. One of the causes of hypothyroidism, however, is to be found in genetics.
Symptoms are also quite common in many other diseases, so it may be difficult to trace hypothyroidism at first. Therefore, it is always good to pay attention to fatigue and chronic weakness, as they could be the alarm bells of this common syndrome.
Among the most common symptoms we find:
- excessive fatigue;
- generalized weakness;
- muscle cramps;
- sensitivity to cold;
- dry and pale skin;
- hoarse voice
- thin and brittle hair;
- more irregular and abundant menstruation;
- memory problems.
Thanks to a simple blood test, this syndrome can be verified and diagnosed even during its initial phase. Once hypothyroidism has been diagnosed, the missing hormone, L-thyroxine, will be administered in order to balance the amount of hormones present in our body.
Unfortunately, the therapy will have to continue for life. This will require periodic checks to see if the amount of hormone administered is right or if it needs to be changed over time.
In addition, it is important to have a healthy and balanced diet. Some foods may inhibit the absorption of the hormone and in that case it is necessary to speak to your endocrinologist.
Foods that would inhibit the absorption of the hormone would be soy (in all its forms), foods rich in iron and calcium and their respective supplements. In any case, before carrying out any type of diet it would be advisable to always talk about it with your trusted nutritionist.
If we wake up tired and exhausted in the morning we could suffer from these ailments.