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Hypothyroidism: Putting It All Together
Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to hypothyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism is the condition marked by too little
thyroid hormonein the blood.
- Symptoms of hypothyroidism include slowed heartbeat, tiredness, difficulty thinking and remembering, dry and flaky skin, constipation, and inability to tolerate the cold.
- Hypothyroidism can occur at any age, from birth well into the senior years.
- Diagnosis of often delayed or missed because symptoms are subtle and can be attributed to other causes, such as aging or stress.
- Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with a medical exam and blood testing.
- The condition can be easily and successfully treated with medication that replaces the thyroid hormone that is lacking in the body.
- Regular monitoring via blood testing provides the means for ensuring appropriate
hormonereplacement therapy for the rest of one’s life.
- Hypothyroidism can affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant and also the health of her unborn child. Pregnant women can safely take thyroid medication, as it does not affect a developing fetus adversely.
- Most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism improve greatly or disappear after thyroid hormone treatment is begun.
- Thyroid hormone treatment may be needed for life, but fortunately treatment is simple, inexpensive, and easily monitored.