Many people who suffer from hypothyroidism are undiagnosed.
Hypothyroidism is a hormone condition that affects 5 out of every 100 Americans. It occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), and can lead to symptoms like depression, weight gain, muscle soreness, and general fatigue.
Hypothyroidism can affect everything from your libido to your body temperature, so it’s important to know if you have it, so you can pursue treatment.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
Slow heart rate
Heavy or irregular menstruation
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Certain factors can make you more susceptible to hypothyroidism, such as being 60 or older, being a woman, family history, auto-immune diseases, and being pregnant or giving birth in the past 6 months.
Doctors can test for hypothyroidism with a blood test, and treatment consists of taking a pill to supplement the hormone deficiency. You can also eat more iodine-rich foods to help balance your hormones.
If you suffer from any of the above-mentioned symptoms and they gradually get worse, you should consult your doctor and consider seeing an endocrinologist for testing.