Skin Condition from thyroid: If the nails break or peel quickly, then it may be a sign of this disease


Verified by NiharikkaBudhwani, Co-founder of Health Hatch

Do your nails break easily?

Do your nails appear to be torn? 

So you should be alert as it can be a sign of illness. Today we will tell you what disease they indicate. Expert NiharikaBudhwani of Health Hatch, a nutrition company, recently shared a video related to it through her Instagram.

Sharing the video, he wrote in the caption, 'Your nails are made of keratin which protects our fingers and toes and many of us have brittle nails that means they crack, peel and break. But did you know that it can be due to some underlying health conditions like iron deficiency and hypothyroidism?

Iron deficiency

When the body does not get enough iron, it reduces the level of red blood cells, due to which the nails become brittle. Your doctor can measure your ferritin level and provide supplements or, if it is found to be low, recommend iron-rich foods.

The most common cause of anaemia, or low blood cell count, is not enough iron in the blood. This can happen if you lose too much blood. Deficiency in your body can also happen if you don't get enough iron in your diet or have a condition that prevents you from absorbing it. Anaemia can make your nails brittle.


Women with hypothyroidism may have problems such as dry, brittle and coarse or dull hair and thin nails. In this case, the nails break easily. These symptoms usually go away when people start thyroid hormone therapy.

Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland produces too few hormones. Low levels of thyroid hormone can cause a variety of signs and symptoms ranging from changes in mental functioning to digestive problems.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front of the neck. Thyroid hormones play an important role in regulating metabolism and energy use and affect almost all organs of the body. In the early stages, a person may not notice any symptoms. However, without treatment, hypothyroidism can lead to serious complications such as infertility and heart disease.

Ways to avoid

First of all, find out the root cause. 

  • If you are deficient in iron, start adding iron-rich foods to your diet. 
  • Taking foods rich in vitamin C along with iron helps in better absorption of iron. 
  • If you have thyroid problems, consult a doctor for a replacement/change of medication. 
  • Also, work on your lifestyle i.e. eat a balanced diet and exercise and work on your stress level.

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Your skin and body are different just like you. We endeavor to bring you accurate, safe and expertly verified information through our articles and social media handles but still consult your doctor before trying any home remedy, hack or fitness tip.