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12% of the US population have a thyroid disorder and 60% don't know about it. Learn how to monitor your thyroid's activity

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What Is The Thyroid?

The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. It produces hormones that regulate your body's energy use, along with many other important functions.

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland makes and stores hormones that help regulate the body’s metabolism in the form of blood pressure, blood temperature and heart rate.

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What is hypothyroidism? 

When your thyroid hormone production drops, your body processes slow down and change. Hypothyroidism can affect many different systems in your body.

Undiagnosed thyroid disease puts patients at risk for other ailments, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.

The Effects Of Hypothyroidism On Your Body

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid is under-active. When thyroid hormone production drops, your body's processes slow down and change. Hypothyroidism can affect many different systems in your body. Here are some of them:

Menstrual changes

Women with hypothyroidism may have irregular periods and changes in menstrual flow. Fertility can be affected too, making it harder to get pregnant

Mental health issues

Low thyroid hormone levels can contribute to depression and sadness

Jaundice

Infant born with Hypothyroidism may have jaundice, ht eyellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes

Dry skin

Low thyroid hormone levels directly affect the skin. This can cause a variety of changes, including dryness, thickening, and scaling

Weakness

Low thyroid hormone production can leave your muscles weak, achy or stiff

Heartburn

Hypothyroidism slows digestion. This can lead to heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues

Stomach bloating

A lack of thyroid hormone slows the movement of food through your digestive tract, which can leave your belly bloated

Slow metabolism

Too little thyroid hormone sows the body's metabolism, which can lead to weight gain

High blood pressure

Low Thyroid hormones levels can increase blood pressur through interactions with the blood vessels and circulatory system

Eyebrow thinning

Hypothyroidism can make you lose eyebrow hair. The hair loss usually starts at the outer edges of your brows.

Brain fog

Hypothyroidism can affect your memory and your ability to think clearly. This mental fuzziness is sometimes called "brain fog"

Constipations

slowed movement of food through your intestines can back up stool, making you constipated

Gallstones

Hypothyroidism may increase your risk of gallstones, hard pieces made up of substances like cholesterol or bile that form in your gallbladder

Heart attack risk

Hypothyroidism may increase cholesterol levels and narrow arteries. This could contribute to an increased risk of heart attack.

Goiter

A goiter is an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland that can happen in people with diseases like Hashimoto thyroiditis.

Peripheral neuropathy

hypothyroidism that isn't treated can interfere with how the nerves send signals to and from your brain, spinal cord, and body.

Thinning hair

The effects of hypothyroidism can cause you to lose  hair on your scalp, face and body

Menstrual changes

Women with hypothyroidism may have irregular periods and changes in menstrual flow. Fertility can be affected too, making it harder to get pregnant

Constipations

slowed movement of food through your intestines can back up stool, making you constipated

Gallstones

Hypothyroidism may increase your risk of gallstones, hard pieces made up of substances like cholesterol or bile that form in your gallbladder

Heart attack risk

Hypothyroidism may increase cholesterol levels and narrow arteries. This could contribute to an increased risk of heart attack.

Goiter

A goiter is an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland that can happen in people with diseases like Hashimoto thyroiditis.

Peripheral neuropathy

hypothyroidism that isn't treated can interfere with how the nerves send signals to and from your brain, spinal cord, and body.

Thinning hair

The effects of hypothyroidism can cause you to lose  hair on your scalp, face and body

Brain Fog

Hypothyroidism can affect your memory and your ability to think clearly. This mental fuzziness is sometimes called "brain fog"

Weakness

Low thyroid hormone production can leave your muscles weak, achy or stiff

Dry skin

Low thyroid hormone levels directly affect the skin. This can cause a variety of changes, including dryness, thickening, and scaling

Heartburn

Hypothyroidism slows digestion. This can lead to heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues

Stomach bloating

A lack of thyroid hormone slows the movement of food through your digestive tract, which can leave your belly bloated

Slow Metabolism

Too little thyroid hormone sows the body's metabolism, which can lead to weight gain

High blood pressure

Low Thyroid hormones levels can increase blood pressur through interactions with the blood vessels and circulatory system

Jaundice

Infant born with Hypothyroidism may have jaundice, ht eyellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes

Eyebrow thinning

Hypothyroidism can make you lose eyebrow hair. The hair loss usually starts at the outer edges of your brows.

Mental health issues

Low thyroid hormone levels can contribute to depression and sadness

When thyroid hormone production drops, your body's processes slow down and change. Hypothyroidism can affect many different systems in your body. Check how many symptoms you have and how likely you are to have hypothyroidism:

Check your Symptoms

No matter how long they've been getting treatment, only 35 percent of thyroid patients claim they've gotten better.

Research-Backed Approach

The different drugs for hypothyroidism

T4

T4 supplements
Levothyroxine or Synthroid

This drug contains the synthetic form of one thyroid hormone, T4. Levothyroxine is the most commonly prescribed thyroid hormone replacement drug. T4 is the storage hormone and must be converted by the body into T3 to be used by cells.

T3

T3 supplements
Liothyronine or Cytomel

This drug contains the synthetic form of one thyroid hormone, T3. T3 is the active thyroid hormone that works at the cellular level to help with the delivery of oxygen and energy to cells, tissues, and glands throughout the body.

T3 + T4

T4 + T3 combination or Natural Desiccated Thyroid

Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT) is derived from the dried (desiccated) thyroid glands of pigs or cow and provides T3, T4, and other thyroid hormones found in the human thyroid gland.

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