Dr. Oz: Slow Thyroid
Slow thyroid affects millions of women and half of the people who have it don’t know they have it. That’s why Dr. Oz kicked off his show by talking about the condition, which develops when the thyroid can’t keep hormone levels normal, causing the body and metabolism to slow down. Slow thyroid can cause issues like hair loss, exhaustion, weight gain, and forgetfulness. Dr. Oz talked to Sydney and Amanda, who both have the condition. They spoke about their personal experience.
Doctors have difficulty diagnosing slow thyroid. Sydney said doctors told her she had anemia or chronic fatigue. One doctor prescribed anti-depressants. Amanda said she went to her regular physician, endocrinologist, and a nutritionist before getting a proper diagnosis. That’s because slow thyroid can be mistaken for many other issues, including menopause, depression, or normal aging. But once diagnosed, your slow thyroid can be healed and your life transformed.
Amanda and Sydney both said that after getting diagnosed, they feel much better and have a lot more energy. Amanda said her hair is thicker now and she’s even lost 15 pounds.
Dr. Oz: How Do You Know If You Have a Slow Thyroid?
Dr. Oz talked about how you know if you have a slow thyroid. He asked several questions. Over the last three months, have you/are you:
- Gained weight?
- Experienced brain fog, like forgetfulness, confusion, and trouble concentrating?
- Unusually tired?
- Often constipated?
- Always cold?
- Especially moody?
- Noticed changes in your skin, hair, or nails, such as thinning or breaking?
Have you answered yes to more than three of these? If so, you may be experiencing a slow thyroid. Keri in the audience checked off five and Dr. Oz talked to her and her husband. She experiences brain fog, she’s unusually tired, she’s always cold, and her husband agreed she’s been unusually moody.
Keri said she’s never spoken to a doctor about any of these things. She thought it was just life and getting older. Dr. Oz said we should never suspect age when it comes to feeling this way, at least not at first. First, consider your hormones.
Dr. Oz: What is a Thyroid?
The thyroid is located in your neck right below your Adam’s apple. Dr. Oz showed Keri what it looks like. It’s butterfly-shaped and it’s critical to controlling hormones in the body. If it’s not working right, you might not feel normal and it might not be clear why. It’s very common for it to slow down as we grow older. Instead of blaming aging, it’s important to blame what aging is doing to the body.
Dr. Oz: What to Do If You Have a Slow Thyroid
Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Aviva Rom, an integrative women’s health expert, who said a lot of women might not realize they have issues with their thyroid because the symptoms are vague and mimic the symptoms of other common issues, like menopause or depression.
Doctors are also hesitant to diagnose because they think patients are blaming their thyroid for their weight gain problems. There’s also some controversy surrounding the range of numbers we should see on the thyroid test.
Dr. Oz said if you answered yes to three or more question on the test, you should consider getting your thyroid checked. When you get it checked, there’s three key areas your thyroid might fall under. In the red zone, you likely have hypothyroidism, or a slow thyroid. Doctors all agree that’s the time to treat for hypothyroid. Then there’s the green zone, which is the healthy zone. But there’s this whole area in between, the yellow zone, where a lot of women could experience issues due to a slower thyroid. There’s no consensus on whether a patient should be treated in this zone, but many women who get treated in that zone feel better.
Dr. Oz: 4 Nutrients for Thyroid Issues
Dr. Rom said a good solution to thyroid issues is eating healthy foods, doing meditation, and getting plenty of exercises. There’s four key ingredients that can help your thyroid get into shape. The nutrients and their sources are listed below:
- Vitamin A: Cantaloupe and sweet potato.
- Selenium: Two Brazil nuts a day. Dr. Rom advised against eating lots of Brazil nuts, because too much can be toxic. But Dr. Oz seemed to disagree with her.
- Zinc: Spinach, pumpkin seeds, and cashews.
- Iron: Beans, dried fruits, and lean red meat.
All four of these vitamins are great for improving the thyroid function.