What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone production, directly or indirectly involves the thyroid gland. The thyroid hormone is critical to a majority of life processes and affects growth, development, and many intra-cellular processes. Any imbalance in this hormone can lead to catastrophic physiological, psychological and social consequences.
Classic Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
Most people suffer from Hypothyroidism but fail to realize it as the symptoms can be tricky to define and self diagnose. As we age the symptoms of Hypothyroidism seem like classic symptoms of aging and go unreported. It is when these minor symptoms manifest into something larger does the patient look at it as a disease. Some common symptoms are:
- Fatigue, aches, pains, muscle cramps and swelling in legs
- Depression, lapses in concentration
- Modest weight gain
- Cold intolerance
- Excessive sleepiness
- Dry, coarse hair
- Dry skin
When can Hypothyroidism prove Fatal?
As the disease progresses without treatment, some serious symptoms can prove fatal:
- slowing of the heart rate,
- drop in body temperature,
- heart failure.
- life-threatening coma (myxedema coma) in severe cases.
Causes of Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a very common condition with 3% to 5% of the population having some or the other form of hypothyroidism, known or unknown to them. Comparatively women are more prone to these hormonal changes than men and the risk increases with age.
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