Can't sleep or drop weight? Feeling blue? It could be your thyroid. Twenty million Americans have this issue-and 60% of them don't realize it. Photo by Getty Images.
'I thought I was just a typical tired mom.'
When I had my third child six years ago at age 41, I wasn't surprised by how worn out I felt. But this time, there was moodiness I couldn't shake, crushing fatigue and 20 extra pounds that wouldn't budge. I figured it was just because I was getting older and adjusting to life as a mom of three. But after six months, I started to suspect that this was more than the baby blues.
I saw my doctor, and the answer came from a simple blood test: hypothyroidism.
My thyroid-the little butterfly-shaped gland deep in the neck that helps the body use energy and keeps the brain, heart and other organs working as they should-was not functioning properly. So my doctor prescribed two medications, including a synthetic thyroid hormone to replace what my body was havingRead More »from The Shocking Reason You May Be Tired