Our thyroid is a VITAL hormone gland in our body. It is a big player in regulating our metabolism, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood, and bone health. Whoa, that’s a big job! Hypothyroidism is defined as a condition in which your thyroid hormone is not producing enough thyroid hormone to support your body’s needs. Interestingly, menopause and hypothyroidism share many symptoms. In some women, menopause triggers changes in thyroid balance, leading to changes in TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). However, perimenopausal women, even children, can develop hypothyroidism as well. In a routine blood test, TSH is checked to see how much of this hormone is being produced in the body. More detailed testing (typically not routine) can offer more information on how thyroid is being utilized in the body, also helping in making an accurate diagnosis of this condition. Uncontrolled thyroid conditions in combination with high impact exercise programs can pose risk to our fitness clients, such as adding to further depressed metabolism, increased/decreased heart rate, and even abdominal weight gain. Once controlled, progressing with exercise should be gradual and monitored. If you are experiencing symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, consider following up with your naturopath or primary doc to get a baseline on thyroid gland function!