The thyroid gland is responsible for the secretion of a hormone that governs several vital bodily functions, including growth and metabolic activity. When the thyroid malfunctions and produces the thyroid hormone in either excess or deficient amounts, numerous symptoms of ill-health manifest over time. A “thyroid problem” then, refers to a set of symptoms that are associated with hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland) or hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland). And it is noteworthy that these are common conditions that numerous people suffer from. Here are 10 warning signs typically associated with a dysfunctional thyroid.

1. Family History

People with a family history of thyroid or other gland-related medical conditions are at higher risk of developing thyroid problems. Genetics alone cannot determine susceptibility to thyroid problems, nor is it usually the root cause of incidence. However, there is a linkage between genetics and thyroid disease, and thus, those with a family member(s) having such health issues, should be more alert regarding the appearance of symptoms.