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Hypothyroidism, low iron and anemia: fatigue
Ever wondered why you feel fatigued all the day? What actually is fatigue? Fatigue is
something you describe as a feeling of tiredness which can be distinguished from
weakness, and has and sets up gradually. In contrast to weakness fatigue can be
relieved by short and long resting periods depending upon its severity. Fatigue can be
due to any physical or mental/ psychological issues. Physical fatigue is the temporary
incapacity of a muscle of the body to sustain its optimal mechanical state and is
worsened by rigorous physical activity. Mental or psychological fatigue is a
temporary reduction in optimal cognitive performance resulting from prolonged
periods of cognitive activity. It can manifest as somnolence, lethargy, or directed
attention fatigue
Fatigue is a manifestation of an underlying pathology and is explained in many ways
from feeling low, weak to being continually tired or lacking energy. There may be
other associated symptoms depending upon the actual cause of fatigue.
Hypothyroidism and iron deficiency anemia are two of the leading causes of feeling
fatigues all the day. You must have heard both these words a lot of times and from a
lot of people. Now what exactly they are, we shall discuss in the content to follow.
The thyroid gland is gland is located in the front of your neck just below your Adam's
apple. It is an endocrine gland and hence secreted some hormones, two to be exact.
One is the thyroxine called as T4 while the other is triiodothyronine called T3. These
are involved in regulating your metabolic rate as well as functions of your heart and
digestive system, control muscles, development of the brain and are responsible for
maintenance of your bones. Optimal function of your thyroid glands depends upon an
adequate quantity of iodine from in your diet. This condition called hypothyroidism is
produced when your thyroid glands secrete lesser amounts thyroid hormones than
they should which in turn lead to lower metabolic rates. There are a variety of causes
responsible for producing hypothyroidism, some of them are:
Autoimmune diseases which lead to destruction of your thyroid glands
Brain causes leading to lower stimulation of thyroid glands to produce
hormones
Genetic causes
Nutritional deficiencies
Thyroid surgery and radiation therapy which was done previously
Certain medications used to treat an overactive thyroid
Now, what are the symptoms produced by hypothyroidism? There can be a variety of
symptoms some of which are:
o Increased weight

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o Slow responses and movements and slow speech patterns
o Bizarre sensations like needles or pins
o Shortness of breath
o Dizziness and faintness
o Heart palpitations
o Decreased libido and low sex drive
o Eye dryness
o Hoarsening of voice
o Swallowing difficulties
o Loss of hair
o Skin dryness
o Muscular spasms and pains
o Low appetite
o Chronic constipation
So if you are facing any of the above-mentioned symptoms along with fatigability,
you should be assessed for the function of your thyroid glands. The best test for this is
a hormone assay which gives the exact quantity of the two thyroid hormones
circulating in your blood along with another hormone called Thyroid Stimulating
Hormone (TSH) which is secreted by the brain. If its value turns out to be on the
higher side along with depressed values of thyroid hormones, a case of
hypothyroidism is confirmed.
Once diagnosed, it is easily treatable with some specific medication and a modified
lifestyle. Thyroxine in its various forms is the medicine used to treat hypothyroidism
and in most cases, has to be taken for the lifetime. Some foods called Goitrogenic
foods act just as an antithyroid drug in suppressing the thyroid function. They hinder
the thyroid from utilizing available iodine. Examples of such foods include:
Brussel sprouts, turnips, cauliflower, cabbage and kale
Almonds, nuts like peanuts and walnuts
Sweet corn, sorghum, millet and soya
Now let’s have a look on the other major cause of excessive fatigue, the iron
deficiency anemia. Anemia is basically a generic term used to denote the decreased
ability of the blood to carry oxygen. One of the causes of anemia is the deficiency of
iron inside the body. Without adequate iron, your body can't manufacture enough of a
chemical in the red blood cells that equip them to carry oxygen, called hemoglobin.
Resultantly, iron deficiency anemia may keep you tired, exhausted and short of
breath.
Some of the clinical manifestations of iron deficiency anemia are as follows:
Persistent and heavy fatigue
Generalized weakness

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Hypothyroidism, low iron and anemia: fatigue Ever wondered why you feel fatigued all the day? What actually is fatigue? Fatigue is something you describe as a feeling of tiredness which can be distinguished from weakness, and has and sets up gradually. In contrast to weakness fatigue can be relieved by short and long resting periods depending upon its severity. Fatigue can be due to any physical or mental/ psychological issues. Physical fatigue is the temporary incapacity of a muscle of the body to sustain its optimal mechanical state and is worsened by rigorous physical activity. Mental or psychological fatigue is a temporary reduction in optimal cognitive performance resulting from prolonged periods of cognitive activity. It can manifest as somnolence, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue Fatigue is a manifestation of an underlying pathology and is explained in many ways from feelin ...
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