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Are Menopause and Hypothyroidism Connected?

In the United States, over 20% of the women going through the menopause are suffering from hypothyroidism, a lethargic thyroid. It is important for women to appreciate the consequences of the menopause on their thyroid. With the increasing in age, more and more women are being affected by hypothyroidism.

 

Menopause and hypothyroidism have common symptoms

Yes they both share common symptoms, such as depression, reduced energy levels and failing memory, among others. Many times these symptoms are assumed to be because of the menopause, which often leads to a delay in diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.

Menopause and Hypothyroidism, woman looking unwell.Hypothyroidism and the menopauseGenerally the hormones in a women’s body are delicately balanced and a hormonal imbalance can occur during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause.
During the time leading up to menopause, the regular menstrual cycles can begin to become irregular. This can be because of the highs and lows in estrogens and progesterone.

Hypothyroidism, which is seven times more likely to occur in women than in men, also occurs because of a hormonal imbalance. Some doctors believe that estrogens dominance (ie an excess of estrogen coupled with low progesterone) characteristically occurs in early Perimenopause.
They believe that controlling estrogen dominance prevents difficulties in Perimenopause, including hypothyroidism. In actual fact, estrogen is required to be counterbalanced with progesterone to avoid hypothyroidism.

A healthy diet

There are many different treatments for hypothyroidism, synthetic and natural, a lot of women do not believe in using synthetic hormones for treating their condition.

But there is good news… FINALLY!

The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4-Week Plan To Living Well, Living Vibrantly is the ultimate guide to treating hypothyroidism naturally. (Just click the link to read about it)

Menopause and Hypothyroidism, Pcture of healthy food in basket.
Many today relieve their symptoms with nutrition, exercise, stress-relieving methods and recognised natural treatments.
Good nutrition is the basis of a proper hormonal balance and should should consists of:

– Multivitamins and/or minerals
– Essential fatty acids
– Calcium and/or magnesium

These essential nutrients, can supplement a healthy eating plan, support the body’s endocrine, immune and other vital systems.

 

The author of  The Hypothyroidism Revolution Tom Brimeyer has created a video where he explains his own journey and how it empowered him to a healthier and happy lifestyles.

Click here to watch Tom’s video

and start your journey to a healthier and more proactive life, free from the constraints of Menopause and Hypothyroidism.

Know the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism Fatigue and intolerance to cold are the most common Symptoms of hypothyroidism. When everybody is wearing short sleeves and you are wearing a coat, you most likely have a hypothyroid issue.

Some common indicators are depression, muscle feebleness and tiredness, reduced memory, lethargy and headaches. There are many other symptoms which include deep slow speech, loss of hair, cold hands and feet, constipation, pale thick skin, brittle nails, and swelling of the face and eyelids, excessive and painful menstrual flow, nervousness and palpitations.

These are a lot of symptoms to come to term with and understand and you probably won’t have all of them, but if you have some of these symptoms and can find no obvious other causes you should seek medical advice and get a confirmed diagnose.

Symptoms – You Need to Know for Sure?

You can ask your doctor to perform a thyroid test and/or conduct the following simple self-test at home:

  1. You must first sleep through a full night. (The test will not work if you have gotten up or gone to the bathroom.)
  2. When you are awake but still in bed, take your temperature in your armpit. Do this and record the temperatures 3 days in a row.
  3. A normal reading would be between, 97.8 – 98.2 Fahrenheit, a reading below 97.8 would indicate hypothyroid activity. (Above 98.2 would indicate hyperthyroid activity.)
  4. If you are menstruating, take your temperature on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of the period.

 

Contributing Influences

Influences which can underwrite to Hypothyroidism are malnourishment, and thyroid and pituitary exhaustion due to excessive caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other stimulants. Malnourishment, of course, does not mean lack of food, but rather, a diet of processed, unnatural foods that are not nourishing. Other environmental factors include the consumption of fluoridated water, and pesticides and radiation.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism – Females Please Take Note

One out of eight women will develop hypothyroid problems in their life. The condition often manifests between 30 and 50, along with the hormonal changes taking place then. As soon as you enter this age range, it pays to stay alert to this issue. By understanding the symptoms of hypothyroidism and  “nipping it in the bud’ you can spare yourself unnecessary suffering.