Dr. Oz: Thyroid Issues
Dr. Oz talked about thyroid issues. If you’re doing everything right to lose weight and you’re still having issues, you might have an issue with a sluggish thyroid. Dr. Oz called down an assistant of the day. She was very excited to come down and get the doctor’s coat. By coincidence, the assistant did have a sluggish thyroid.
Dr. Oz: Slow Thyroid Symptoms
Symptoms of having a sluggish thyroid include fatigue, being tired in the mornings, constipation, unexplained weight gain, cold sensitivity, dry skin, thinning hair, and depression. Dr. Oz said if you have some of those symptoms, you should ask yourself if you have a thyroid problem. Instead of blaming yourself, think about your hormones.
Dr. Oz: Where Is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is in the neck beneath the Adam’s apple. Thyroids are what Dr. Oz called “beautiful, pink structures” that are “really gorgeous”. I don’t know about that. They kind of look like big wads of chewing gum.
The thyroid makes hormones that control the metabolism. You can’t always tell what’s wrong with the thyroid, but you may know that something feels wrong.
Dr. Oz: 3 Ways To Detect Thyroid Problems
One way to tell if you have thyroid problems is to look at the tendons right below the knee bone in your leg. If you test the reflexes of that tendon by sitting down and letting your legs dangle and tapping the tendon, you can tell a lot about the thyroid. If your reflexes are too wild, that means you have too much hormone. If you have no response, you might have too little hormone.
Another test is to look in the mirror and look at your eyebrows. Make sure your eyebrows extend all the way to the side of your eye. If your eyebrows don’t extend all the way, you might not be producing enough thyroid hormone.
Finally, press the backs of your hands together and point your fingers downward, holding your elbows even with each other in the air outward and away from you. If you have tingling or numbness in your fingers after about 30 seconds or have problems doing this, you might have carpal tunnel, which is a common problem in people with thyroid issues.