Hypothyroidism: How Stress Affects the Thyroid Gland

HypothyroidismAll humans have a gland located in the neck called the thyroid gland. It is shaped somewhat like a butterfly with its wings open. This gland controls your metabolism, energy and body temperature.

The thyroid gland could be compared to an accelerator (something that controls speed) and thermostat (something that controls temperature). When this gland is not working up to par, EVERYTHING in the body becomes weak, slow and colder.

Given that approximately 40% of women and 5% of men suffer from hypothyroidism, if could easily be considered an epidemic in itself. Curiously enough, it is a condition that affects women more so than men. In fact, for every 1 man that has hypothyroidism, there are 8 women who also have it.

Those with hypothyroidism experience an array of other health conditions, such as constipation, depression, constant fatigue, difficulty losing weight, high cholesterol, hair loss, cold extremities (hands or feet), low or non-existent libido, dry skin, water retention, recurrent infections and digestive problems, amongst other symptoms.

Dr. Broda Barnes, an endocrinologist (specialist in glands and hormones) and author of the book “Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness”, treated more than 10,000 patients with hypothyroidism and discovered that the main cause of this condition was a traumatic life event or any type of loss that caused severe stress. For example, personal or familial problems, physical pain (such as a painful childbirth), the loss of a partner or loved one and really anything that produced a significant amount of stress for the individual could bring about a hypothyroid condition.

For 12+ years, I have been helping thousands of people improve their metabolism and lose weight. From my observation, about 40% of them suffer from hypothyroidism, whether or not the condition has been officially diagnosed by a doctor.

In addition to the health conditions associated with hypothyroidism, it just so happens to be one of the primary causes ofdivorce and failed relationships. When someone suffers from this condition, they can feel depressed, emotionally unstable and may lose interest in sexual activity, which can inevitably sabotage the relationship.

Unfortunately, traditional laboratory tests used to detect hypothyroidism are not infallible. In fact, nearly 50% of these tests may miss an existing hypothyroid condition. The most unfortunate part is that people do not know how to accurately detect it and thus never get a chance to resolve it.

As mentioned earlier, the thyroid gland also controls the temperature of the body, so should there be an existing hypothyroid condition, the temperature the body will be cooler than it should be.In my book, “The Power of Your Metabolism”, I included a chapter titled, “Your Temperature Says It All”, covering how to test your thyroid based on Dr. Barnes’ discoveries. The test is as simple as measuring your body temperature for a few days. Although some doctors and laboratory technicians may disagree, I found this to be a much more accurate way of detecting hypothyroidism, as I’ve personally witnessed with the thousands of people I have worked with and helped over the last several years.

The simplicity is this: You cannot solve a problem if you are not even aware that there is one. Whether you yourself or a loved one is affected, it’s best to at least be educated on the subject so you can do something about it. There are solutions, but first and foremost, you should understand what the true cause is of any health or metabolism problems you may be experiencing.

Frank Suárez– Obesity and Metabolism Specialist

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