Hormones play an important role in the functioning of your body. They are part of the endocrine system and are chemical messengers that control most of your basic bodily functions. They control the number of times you go to the toilet and how quickly your hair grows. Hormonal disorders are often due to your period, but sometimes another cause can hide behind these disorders.
And what if you are suffering from thyroid disease?
1 – Change in your bowel habits
If you notice that suddenly you are constipated or on the contrary you go too often to the toilet, you might be suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Dr. M. Kathleen Figaro, endocrinologist in Bettendorf, Iowa, said that the sudden change in your bowel habits it is a sign that your thyroid hormones are disturbed, they can run your organs more quickly or more slowly.
2 – Your eyes are protruded
If you notice this on your eyes, you are probably suffering from the most common form of hyperthyroidism: Graves’ disease. This autoimmune disease is caused by the abnormal presence of thyrotropin which stimulates the thyroid gland so that it produces large quantities of thyroid hormones, in an uncontrolled manner.
It manifests itself mainly by ophthalmopathy: abnormal protrusion of the eyes out of their sockets, they are red and watery and the eyelids are swollen. Eye movement is often abnormal because the eye muscles are swollen and can’t achieve precise movements, so patients see double.
3 – Your hair will not grow
Thyroid hormones are responsible for hair growth, so if your hair falls more than usually, you might be suffering from hypothyroidism.
4 – You forget things
Hypothyroidism disrupts the brain metabolism and slows down cognitive function, which affects your ability to pay attention and to record memories.
5 – Your skin is dry
Desquamation or very dry skin can also be a sign of hypothyroidism. When you produce less thyroid hormone, skin metabolism slows down and you secrete less oil to keep your skin hydrated.
And what if you suffer from diabetes?
6 – You have frequent yeast infections
Diabetes disrupts your insulin hormones and causes chronic fungal infections. It increases the blood sugar level and the fungi that are causing these infections love sugar. Diabetes is often asymptomatic and years can pass before discovering it. It is essential to communicate with your doctor your family history. If you are predisposed genetically, adopt a diet to reduce the risks.
7 – You urinate a lot
If your blood glucose is high, your pancreas is not working properly and therefore your kidneys work constantly to expel excess sugar. This gives you the urge to want to go to the bathroom all the time.
And what if you were pregnant?
8 – Your gums bleed more than usual
Shortly after conception, the levels of progesterone increases significantly to prevent your body from rejecting the fetus. But in return, this hormone increases the blood flow and causes your body to retain water everywhere. Your gums also suffer, they swell and are more likely to bleed. Dr. Ashlesha K. Dayal, a gynecologist at Montefiore Medical Center, recommends to regularly brush your teeth and floss to prevent infection, or visit your dentist if the problem persists.
9 – Your feet are bigger
Once again, progesterone is to blame for, to prepare the body for childbirth, it relaxes your ligaments, including those of your feet. Some pregnant women take up to a size more.
10 – You have a metallic taste in the mouth
The placenta secretes the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone), which gives you nausea, makes you vomit, alters your perception of taste and gives you the impression of metal in the mouth. Dr. Dayal advises opting for homeopathic treatments to soothe nausea, or drinking lemonade to get rid of this unpleasant taste.
11 – You have brown spots
When you are pregnant, estrogen levels are high and colored spots (melasma) may appear on your cheeks, your chest or elsewhere, because of the increased melanin levels.
In conclusion, it is essential to know your body, since it is constantly changing. But if you notice a new symptom that persists, please contact your doctor.