Although many menopausal women develop hypothyroidism, the relationship between the thyroid gland and menopause is rarely discussed. Meanwhile, weight gain, low energy, inattentiveness and loss of hair at the beginning of menopause are sometimes directly related to our thyroid. Abnormalities of the thyroid gland can cause menstrual problems and even infertility in young women, and in women during menopause these problems are exacerbated.
Hypothyroidism can occur even if you pay enough attention to your health. This is mainly due to the fact that the hormonal changes that happen in the body during menopause go side by side with the changes in the thyroid gland. If left unattended, it is possible to end up with a life-long disorder.
The thyroid gland plays a major part in metabolism, storing and using the energy, weight management and body temperature. It affects our thoughts, speech, sleep and sexual activity. Hypothyroidism is distinguished by the underproduction of hormones necessary for our daily activities. As a result, you feel very sluggish, disinterested and unproductive.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism and menopause are very similar, as the reproductive system is closely related to the thyroid gland. During menopause, our bodies naturally begin to produce fewer hormones, because we require them less in the second part of our lives. Menopause may tip the scales toward hypothyroidism. This can be influenced by many factors – stress, environment, malnutrition or heredity. We can also add the possibility of a malfunction of other organs, such as the adrenal glands, which also affect the thyroid gland. To determine the true cause of the symptoms which are characteristic for both hypothyroidism and menopause, blood tests are typically administered.
If your thyroid requires an additional support during menopause, take a daily multivitamin with mineral complex. This gentle and natural way can completely restore the normal thyroid function and reduce the symptoms of menopause. Take medications only by prescription. There is a risk that that the admission of the artificial agents can cause the thyroid gland to stop the production of its hormones, and you’ll be forced to take the medication for life.
A natural way to maintain the thyroid function is a good nutrition. Vitamin A and zinc, for instance, improve the T3. Iodine is the main element of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. They simply cannot be produced without iodine. Fresh produce has always been an ideal source of nutrients.
Reduce the effects of tension and anxiety in your day to day life. Of course, it is difficult to completely eliminate them, but attempt to minimize their effects by using physical exercise, meditation and other practices.
Remember that during menopause we can easily recognize the basic problems with the thyroid gland. Many women may still suffer from an undetected thyroid disease blaming the poor condition on menopause.