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What is an underactive thyroid?

An underactive thyroid means that your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. In turn, this means your metabolism will usually be slower than normal.

An ‘underactive’ thyroid affects 15 times more women than men. Common signs of an underactive thyroid include:

  • Tiredness
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Feeling cold
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Muscle aches

Medically known as hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid is not usually serious and easily treated by taking hormone tablets to replace those your thyroid isn’t making.

What is an overactive thyroid?

Conversely, an overactive thyroid means that your thyroid gland is producing too much hormone stimulating higher metabolism than normal. Common signs of on overactive thyroid include:

  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling in the throat

An overactive thyroid is most commonly caused by a condition known as Graves’ disease.

Your thyroid check

A blood test to check levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is the best means for testing for the disorders. TSH is released by your pituitary gland and regulates the hormone levels your thyroid produces.

How to prepare

You do not need to fast prior to your test but you are advised to wear loose fitting clothing as we will need to take a blood sample.

How much does it cost?

Your thyroid test costs just £29 – call us on 0800 652 2173 to book today.

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