Dr. Dawn Ericsson, M.D.

Dr. E’s Women’s Health Update:  Thyroid changes can impact health in women
A small gland – the thyroid – can have multiple health impacts on women as we age.

Hello friends, 

As we grow old – gracefully, I hope! – all women will inevitably experience changes in their health due to changes in hormones. Among the most concerning of these changes can occur in the thyroid gland. You need to be alert to these changes, aware of their signs and symptoms, and prepared to take action to make sure you protect your health and well-being. 

Thyroid changes are relatively common as women age and can be attributed to various factors, including hormonal fluctuations, genetic predisposition, and the natural aging process. Some of the key reason why thyroid changes occur in women as they age include:

Hormonal changes:
Women experience various hormonal changes throughout their lives, including during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. These hormonal fluctuations can impact thyroid function and contribute to changes in thyroid hormone levels.
The transition to menopause can affect thyroid function in some women. Some may experience changes in thyroid hormone levels, leading to conditions such as subclinical hypothyroidism or an increased risk of developing thyroid disorders.
Increased risk of thyroid disorders:
As women age, there is an increased risk of developing thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules. These conditions can be influenced by genetic factors, environmental exposures, and other lifestyle-related factors.
Decreased metabolic rate:
Aging is associated with a natural decline in metabolic rate, which can affect thyroid function and hormone production. This decrease in metabolic rate can contribute to changes in body composition, weight management, and overall energy levels.
Autoimmune factors:
Autoimmune thyroid disorders, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves' disease, are more common in women and can develop or worsen with age. These conditions can lead to fluctuations in thyroid hormone levels and affect overall thyroid function.

All women should be aware of the potential changes in thyroid function that can occur with age, and to undergo regular health check-ups that include thyroid function tests. Early detection and proper management of thyroid disorder are crucial for maintaining overall health. If you suspect any thyroid-related issues, consult a healthcare professional at AgeRejuvenation for proper evaluation and guidance on appropriate management and treatment options.

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