I recently asked a question in the Q&A section regarding what to do about fatigue, and it made me wonder why I would experience fatigue, despite the fact that I get an optimal amount of sleep. I talked to my mother and she suggested that perhaps, scarily enough, I might have hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid.
Generally, the symptoms of an underactive thyroid include feeling sluggish, rund own, or depressed. The thyroid in general controls your metabolism and the speed at which you operate. According t some doctors, undiagnosed thyroid disorder may be one of the major health problems affecting women in the U.S. By age 60, approximately 17 percent of women will have a thyroid disorder but most won't realize it.
Blood tests can detect thyroid hormones, but treatments with synthetic hormones can easily make you feel better. So if you think you might be suffering from an underactive thyroid, see your doctor asap.