Shared symptoms make it easy to confuse the two

You’ve been irritable, you’ve gained weight and you’re not sleeping well. If you’re a woman in your late 40s or 50s, you’re probably thinking menopause.

But don’t jump to conclusions. These may be signs of an overactive or underactive thyroid gland.

Other symptoms shared by menopause and thyroid disorders — fatigue, depression, hair loss and hot flashes — also make it tricky to tell the two apart, says endocrinologist Mary Vouyiouklis Kellis, MD.

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