Most people know that if they have a thyroid issue, it could mess with aspects of their health like their energy levels. But there are also some other side effects of thyroid issues, and they might come as more of a surprise to you. Because your thyroid function can affect many areas of your body, there are a number of things to look out for when you have thyroid issues, even if you're not engaging in any habits that seem risky or unhealthy.
"The thyroid regulates our body's metabolism," family and emergency medicine doctor, Janette Nesheiwat, M.D., tells Bustle. "It is such an important vital gland in our body. "Its normal function is critical in almost every aspect of our life, from regulating heart beat to mood and temperature sensation. If you have been diagnosed with hypo- (which is more common) or hyperthyroidism, it's important to see your doctor regularly to check your thyroid levels."
Everyone experiences different responses to thyroid issues in their body, but knowing what to keep an eye out for can help keep your health in check and make sure nothing is slipping through the cracks. Here are seven unexpected things you have to look out for when you have thyroid issues.