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14 Super-Subtle Thyroid Disease Symptoms You Might Be Overlooking

Women's Health UK Logo By Kristin Canning, Emilia Benton of Women's Health UK | Slide 1 of 15: You've probably heard the term 'thyroid' bandied about with regards to things like unexplained weight issues. But what actually is it? The thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck that affects essentially every one of your bodily functions. So it’s really no surprise that several issues can arise when this gland suddenly doesn’t release enough thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) or when it releases too much (hyperthyroidism). The most annoying part: The symptoms of thyroid disease mirror the symptoms of a lot of other issues. 'Thyroid conditions can do undiagnosed for a long period of time,' says Valentina Rodriguez, M.D., an endocrinologist at NYU Langone Health. 'Symptoms vary from person to person, and can come on suddenly or very gradually, so they’re hard to detect.'Still, you need to stay on top of whatever symptoms you do experience because thyroid disease is way, way, more common among women. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, according to the American Thyroid Association, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. Even more troubling: 10 to 20 percent of women in their thirties develop thyroid issues, says Eve Feinberg, M.D., assistant professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.Leaving a thyroid condition untreated can be really taxing on your other organs, especially your heart, says Rodriguez. Plus, living with the symptoms of a whacked out thyroid really sucks. These are the thyroid symptoms in women you should be aware of:

You've probably heard the term 'thyroid' bandied about with regards to things like unexplained weight issues. But what actually is it?

The thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck that affects essentially every one of your bodily functions. So it’s really no surprise that several issues can arise when this gland suddenly doesn’t release enough thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) or when it releases too much (hyperthyroidism).

The most annoying part: The symptoms of thyroid disease mirror the symptoms of a lot of other issues. 'Thyroid conditions can do undiagnosed for a long period of time,' says Valentina Rodriguez, M.D., an endocrinologist at NYU Langone Health. 'Symptoms vary from person to person, and can come on suddenly or very gradually, so they’re hard to detect.'

Still, you need to stay on top of whatever symptoms you do experience because thyroid disease is way, way, more common among women. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, according to the American Thyroid Association, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. Even more troubling: 10 to 20 percent of women in their thirties develop thyroid issues, says Eve Feinberg, M.D., assistant professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Leaving a thyroid condition untreated can be really taxing on your other organs, especially your heart, says Rodriguez. Plus, living with the symptoms of a whacked out thyroid really sucks. These are the thyroid symptoms in women you should be aware of:

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