Fatigue, constipation, dry skin, thin hair, depression and sleep deprivation. Do these symptoms seem familiar to you? If you consistently experience these symptoms, it is likely that you might have hypothyroidism.
What is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid is a small dumbbell-shaped gland in the lower part of the neck. The gland releases hormones that affect every body part from your heart to your brain. The hormone T3 regulates our body’s breakdown of food for energy, breathing, heart rate. Hypothyroidism affects 70% of the population, but most people do not even know they have it. Hypothyroidism is the condition in which the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. In adults, the condition results in an overall sluggishness but in infants, the condition causes mental retardation and bone deformation.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism can be brought about by multiple factors. Some of the most common causes include:
- Autoimmune Disease – This disease occurs when the body produces antibodies that fight its own tissue, sometimes the tissue is that of the thyroid gland.
- Hyperthyroidism Treatment – Medications given to people who produce too much thyroid hormone may in some cases result in hypothyroidism.
- Thyroid Surgery – Removing a thyroid or a large part of it can stop thyroid hormone production for life.
- Radiation – Radiation therapy used to treat cancers in the head area may affect the thyroid gland.
Treatment of Hypothyroidism
Normal treatment for Hypothyroidism consists of restoring hormone levels. While it does not attack the core of the problem, it helps combat the symptoms of the problem. The treatment would be a daily intake of thyroid hormone. A week or two after the start of the treatment, you should notice a significant decrease in your prior sluggish mood. The treatment is lifelong but the dosage might change throughout the lifetime.
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