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Hypothyroidism Cause, Symptoms, and Treatment

Hypothyroidism is caused by underproduction of thyroxine hormone.

The thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck. It squirts thyroxine hormone into your bloodstream acting like your body's gas peddle. More thyroxine revs you up. Less, simmers you down.

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Cause of Hypothyroidism

Some causes of thyroid underfunctioning hypothyroidism are viral illnesses, low iodine diets (rare on a Western diet), and autoimmune attacks. But many times the cause of thyroid exhaustion is not known.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Tired most of the time.
  • Unable to get things done.
  • Depression.
  • Brittle hair.
  • Brittle nails.
  • Weight gain.
  • Feeling cold most of the time.
  • Nausea.

Hypothyroidism Treatment

The treatment of hypothyroidism is to replace what your body is not making with artificial thyroid hormone - thyroxine - as a tablet once a day. Every few months your doctor will measure your thyroid hormone level through a blood test and adjust your dose as required. Generally therapy is life-long.

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Helpful Links:

  • Hypothyroid Wiki
  • Thyroid Foundation
  • Hypothyroidism Article
  • Hypothyroidism Wrong Diagnosis

     

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