How Stress Affects Your Thyroid

And 3 Stress Management Tips

Is stress harmful to your thyroid? Can it cause a thyroid condition, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism? This slideshow explains the connection between stress and thyroid health, and shows you how to keep your stress levels—and thyroid—in check.

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The Connection Between Chronic Stress and Thyroid Health

Stress may exacerbate an underlying thyroid condition. For example, say hypothyroidism runs in your family. Under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol can interfere with thyroid hormone production: It can stimulate the thyroid to work harder to create sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone.

Also, when stressed, you're more vulnerable to autoimmune thyroid conditions (eg, Hashimoto's thyroiditis). A 2004 study in the journal Thyroid found that stress is one of the environmental factors for thyroid autoimmunity.1

 
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