Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction

Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction

Your thyroid is your body’s metabolic engine and one of the most important glands in your body, so keep it healthy!

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that wraps around your windpipe. Located in the front of the neck just behind the Adam’s apple area, the thyroid is basically a metabolic gatekeeper. The hormones it secretes regulate the rate of function of almost all tissues in the body. It controls the way you metabolize food, the way you use energy, how you lose and gain weight, how well or how poorly you sleep, the condition of your hair and nails, and much, much more. We also know that women are more prone to thyroid conditions than men.

One of the best ways to support your thyroid is by eating healthy, exercising and reducing your exposure to harmful foods and toxins. As we grow older, our thyroid faces more challenges. Women face increased challenges during pregnancy and menopause. Men also face hormonal challenges as they age, reducing their ability to create energy. Once a person hits the age of 30, their body will lose 300 calories of energy potential every decade. So, at age 40, your body requires 300 less calories than it did at 30 to support the same weight. Exercising and eating healthy is one way to counter an aging metabolism.

The thyroid affects so many different parts of our body; all of the following symptoms could be a sign of a thyroid condition:

  • fatigue
  • exhaustion
  • sleepiness
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • bulging eyes
  • swollen face/eyes,
  • cold hands/feet,
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • low blood pressure
  • heart palpitations
  • high cholesterol (despite medication)
  • altered menstrual cycles
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • hair loss, thinning eye brows
  • memory problems
  • difficulty concentrating
  • feeling clumsy/lack of coordination
  • ridges in your nails or brittle nails
  • depression or mood swings

The thyroid plays a major role in many of the body’s systems and, unfortunately, thyroid tests do not always tell the full story about your thyroid health. I've seen many people with normal thyroid tests that had thyroid dysfunction. If you think you're having thyroid issues, consult with a doctor.

Check back soon for more on thyroid health and what to eat to keep it happy.

Healthy Wishes

Certified Nutritional Consultant

I have had hypothyroidism for 20 years. My doctor says my levels are still the same. Lately I'm experiencing this feeling of needles in my scalp and neck tenderness. Could this be due to my thyroid?
I have been on thynthroid for numerous years and have nearly all of these symptoms still. My doctor will say, "you thyroid levels are on normal range." I ask why i still feel this way and cluelessly he will add, it sounds like your fibromyalsia. Seriously? I have been post menopause for several years and I'm only 48. Wouldn't you be concerned with this.
Comment by RRR
May 07, 2015
Hi I bean losing my hair for a couple of weeks know I had my baby in January and my hair was doing fane but about 3 in a haf my hair started to fall so I went to my doctor and she told me that I made have a problem with my thyroid I did some test but the results are not ready put I don't have any more simtoms only missing my hair is very thin my skin is effect my doctor said what can't I eat for my hair??
Thanks so much for this article. For over 2 years I have been having a large number of the symptoms listed above, including extreme unintentional weight loss (24 lbs. in a year...I'm now down to 111 lbs.). I've been diagnosed with IBS, and given an antidepressant to help with stomach pains. My thyroid blood work always came back in normal range. I finally did a search on the NIH's website and found Hyperthyroidism, with all the symptoms I've been having down to the pulsing in my ears, itchy skin, anxiety, sleeplessness. I sent an email to my doctor today asking for a referral to an Endocrinologist. I was very glad to come across this article. It confirmed for me that even though the blood tests seem normal, that doesn't mean there isn't something abnormal happening with my thyroid. Thanks!!
Comment by Joanne
April 08, 2013
What do you eat to counteract this low thyroid of mine I wanna blast the right recipes to promote fast loss:)
Reply by NutriBullet
April 26, 2013
Search 'thyroid' in our recipes! Here are two good ones: Also, we have this article on the best foods to eat: and
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