Tired, teary & sluggish?

Feeling tired, teary & sluggish?  Can’t lose fat or gain muscle? 

You might have one of the most common chronic disorders – hypothyroidism. 

A whopping 5% of the total population have hypothyroidism and as you age your risk increases.  In your 50’s and 60’s 10% of the population have hypothyroidism.  Plus it’s more common in women than men (2, 3). 

Subclinical hypothyroidism, a hard to detect form that may still cause symptoms, is even more common with up to 10% of adult population rising to 20% in women aged over 60 in most large-scale community studies (1).

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Thyroid Gland

The most common cause of hypothyroidism in Australia is autoimmune and it’s called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis (2). If you have someone in the family with any autoimmune condition including Type 1 diabetes or Coealiac disease you are more likely to contract Hashimoto’s (1).

Medically recognised signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Feeling drowsy, close to sleep and sleeping for long periods of time, called somnolence
  • “Brain fog”,  memory loss, slow cognition
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Dry, thin and pale skin
  • Puffiness below the eyes
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Calf stiffness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Hypercholesterolaemia – high cholesterol levels.

If you suffer from these conditions it is worthwhile testing your thyroid!


1. Kalantari, S. (2007). Subclinical hypothyroidism. International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 5(1), 33-40. Retrieved from: http://endometabol.com/?page=article&article_id=2092

2. Topliss, D.J. & Eastman, C.J. (2004). Diagnosis and management of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Medical Journal of Australia, 180(4), 186-193. Retrieved from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2004/180/4/5-diagnosis-and-management-hyperthyroidism-and-hypothyroidism

3. Vaidya, B., & Pearce, S. H. (2008). Management of hypothyroidism in adults. British Medical Journal, 337. doi:10.1136/bmj.a801

Harris, P., Nagy, S. & Vardaxis, N. (2012) Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions: Australian and New Zealand (9th ed.). Sydney: Elsevier.

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