How do you know if you suffer from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism? Both conditions are related to the thyroid, a gland located in the neck that normalizes metabolism. In the case of hypothyroidism, the levels of thyroid hormones in the body drop. Therefore, this gland becomes inflamed and works more slowly.
The most common symptoms: dry skin, swelling of the face, hair loss, changes in the voice (product of the impact on the vocal cords), weakness, weight gain, drowsiness and depression *.
Hyperthyroidism is the opposite. "The thyroid gland produces and releases too much thyroid hormone … [Some symptoms are] nervousness, excessive perspiration, fast heartbeat, tremors in the hands, increased sensitivity to heat, difficulty sleeping, and weight loss," explains the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Treatments to combat these conditions are varied, although if they are treated at the primary stage they may not present high risks to the patient's health. Remember that to have your metabolism balanced you must eat three meals a day, drink more than eight glasses of water a day, exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes and manage stress.
* Information provided by Medline Plus.