Could You be One of the 10 Million Women Who Suffer from Thyroid Disorder?

Millions of women suffer from sudden weight gain dry skin, hair loss, forgetfulness, fatigue, frequent chills, constipation, and irregular periods.

But at what time do you attribute these symptoms to normal aging and the stresses of life opposed to a thyroid problem?

Many women suffer when a simple blood test could point to a problem which can be fixed by a prescription from their doctor.

If you find yourself suffering consult your physician for answers.

A sluggish thyroid may be the problem.

Lodged between the voice box and the collarbone, and wrapped around the windpipe, the thyroid helps control your body’s energy supply. The butterfly-shaped gland pumps out thyroid hormone, a powerful chemical that regulates metabolism and body temperature, says endocrinologist Jeffrey Powell, M.D., of Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. It also works with just about every system in your body to keep your brain sharp, your bowels moving, your periods regular, and your skin, nails, and hair healthy. Think of the thyroid like a car’s gas and brake pedals rolled into one: It can speed up or slow down the rate at which your body burns through its fuel supply.

New Drug Shows Promise in Relieving Constipation

Patients suffering with constipation may be able to find relief.

Although the experimental drug linaclotide can relieve only some cases of chronic constipation, for those who do find relief it can be a life changing event.

Up to one in five people suffers from chronic constipation, according to the authors of the study, which means they have fewer than three bowel movements per week, often with pain, excessive straining, a feeling of blockage, or very hard stools. Doctors usually recommend adding fluid, dietary fiber and exercise before turning to laxatives.

“Chronic constipation can dramatically negatively affect one’s quality of life,” said Dr. David Schwartz, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in the study.

“If these results hold up in future longer-term trials, linaclotide potentially offers an effective and safe option for patients with chronic constipation, especially those individuals that do not respond to laxatives,” Schwartz told Reuters Health.

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