You wake up during the night covered in sweat, your heart beating rapidly. Or perhaps you’ve been experiencing mood swings and depression. If you’re a woman about age 50 and up you could probably chalk it up to menopause. But there’s a chance your symptoms may actually be the result of a thyroid problem.
According to the American Thyroid Association, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition; one in eight women will be diagnosed in her lifetime.
The thyroid is a small gland in the front side of the neck above your collarbone. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism.
Unlike many other illnesses, the symptoms of a thyroid condition can mimic those of menopause, making it difficult to diagnose. Thyroid conditions take many forms, most commonly hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Here’s what to know about each.
Too many hormones—or not enough