Thyroid problems: Here are the warning signs

People often don’t think they have a thyroid issue because the symptoms are thought of as synonymous with aging. Getty Images

(Coleen Travers/ Huffington Post) — If you’re a woman, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time thinking about your breasts. You may have wanted them to be bigger (or smaller) as an adolescent, stressed about your milk supply as you became a mother and started lactating, or entered the stage of life where you need regular mammograms to help protect against breast cancer (which roughly 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will deal with in their lifetime).

But there’s another body part you need to make sure you’re monitoring: your thyroid. Similar to the prevalence of breast cancer among women, the American Thyroid Association says that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop a thyroid disorder, and 60% of those who have one are unaware of their condition.

Here, experts explain why staying on top of your thyroid function is important, and list some red flags that something may be up with yours. (…)

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