What is hypothyroidism?
Friends, let us tell you that this hypothyroidism occurs when your body does not produce enough thyroid hormone. And with that, the thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front of your neck. And it then releases hormones to help your body regulate and use the energy itself.
Tell friends that your thyroid is responsible for providing energy to almost every part of your body. And along with this, it controls such functions as how your heart beats and how your digestive system works. Without the right amount of thyroid hormone, your body’s natural functions start to slow down.
Also called underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism affects women more often than men. And with that it usually affects everyone over the age of 60, but it can start at any age. This can be discovered through a routine blood test and either after symptoms have started.
So this subclinical hypothyroidism is the name given to the early, milder form of the condition.
Friends, if you have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it is important to know that the treatment is simple, safe and considered effective.
Keep in mind that most treatments rely on supplementing your low hormone levels with synthetic hormones. And with that these hormones will take the place of your body not producing it on its own and tell that they will help in normalizing the functions of your body.
How common is hypothyroidism?
Let us tell you that this hypothyroidism is a very common condition. About 4.6 percent of Americans age 12 and older have hypothyroidism. Friends, in total, about 10 million people in the United States live with this condition.
Please note that this disease becomes more common with age. Those over the age of 60 experience it most often.
Please tell that these women are more likely to have an underactive thyroid. In fact, 1 in 8 women will develop hypothyroidism.
What are the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism?
Explain that the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are different from person to person. Friends, the severity of this condition also affects which symptoms and those symptoms appear and when. It is also sometimes difficult to recognize the symptoms.
Be aware that these early symptoms may include weight gain and with it your fatigue. They both become more common as you age, regardless of the health of your thyroid. And that until these more symptoms appear, you may not realize that these changes are related to your thyroid.
So the most common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- tired you
- you gain weight
- and your puffy, sensitive face
- you have depression
- you feel cold
- you sweat less
- your slow heart rate
- your high blood cholesterol
- dry skin
- and dry, thin hair
- your memory loss
- and that fertility difficulties or menstrual changes
- weakness in your muscles
- muscle stiffness, pain, and tenderness
- and that pain and stiffness in your joints
- and hoarseness
Be aware that for most people, the symptoms of the condition progress slowly over many years. And that as the thyroid becomes more and more slow, and with it its symptoms are more easily recognized. Of course, many of these symptoms tend to become more common as they age.
It should be noted that if you suspect that your symptoms are the result of a thyroid problem, talk to your doctor. They may also order blood tests to determine whether you have hypothyroidism and not either. Learn more about the symptoms of hypothyroidism and all the symptoms that accompany it.
What causes hypothyroidism?
Friends, let us tell you that the common causes of hypothyroidism have been described below.
And it then allows your immune system to attack your body’s cells with invading bacteria and with It has been designed to protect it from viruses so that’s the unknowns bacterias and virus enter in your body and yours immune systems responded by sending out fighters cell to destroyed the foreign cells.
Be aware that sometimes, your body confuses normal, healthy cells for invading cells. And he also called it an autoimmune reaction. If the autoimmune response is not regulated and either is not treated, your immune system can attack healthy tissue. It can also lead to serious medical issues including conditions like hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition and is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid in the United States. Let us tell you that this disease attacks your thyroid gland and with it it causes chronic inflammation of the thyroid. And this inflammation can impair thyroid function.
Friends, let us tell you that it affects middle-aged women the most, and it can happen in men and children. This condition also runs in families. If a family member has been diagnosed with this disease, and only then you are at a higher risk of getting it.
Treatment for hyperthyroidism
If your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, it is known as hyperthyroidism. And with that the treatment for this condition itself aims to reduce and normalize thyroid hormone production.
Friends, sometimes, treatment can cause your thyroid hormone levels to remain low permanently. And with this it often occurs after treatment with radioactive iodine.
Surgical removal of your thyroid
Explain that if your entire thyroid gland is removed due to thyroid problems, then only you will get hypothyroidism. The first treatment is to use this thyroid medication for the rest of your life.
Explain that if only part of the gland is removed, and only then may your thyroid still be able to produce enough hormones on its own. Blood tests will help determine this and how much thyroid medicine you will need.
Let us tell you that if you have been diagnosed with cancer of the head and either of your neck, lymphoma, or leukemia, and friends, it may be that you have had to undergo radiation therapy. The radiation used to treat these conditions can either slow or stop the production of thyroid hormone. This will almost always lead to hypothyroidism.
Friends, many drugs can reduce the production of thyroid hormones, and that can lead to hypothyroidism. These include treating psychiatric conditions, cancer, and either your heart disease, such as:
- and this lithium
- and mitotane (Lysodren), another adrenal cancer drug
- Interleukin-2 (IL-2)
- and amiodarone (Pacerone), an antihypertensive drug
What are the risk factors for hypothyroidism?
So the only factors that increase the risk of developing hypothyroidism include:
- Tell that being this woman
- be at least 60 years old
- and a family history of hypothyroidism
- Having certain autoimmune conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome as well as type 1 diabetes
How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
There are two primary tools used to determine whether you have hypothyroidism, a medical evaluation and a blood test.
Let your doctor know that your doctor will complete a thorough physical exam and medical history. And they’ll also check for physical symptoms of hypothyroidism, which include:
- your dry skin
- your slow response
- swelling in your neck
- your slow heart rate
In addition to that, your doctor will ask you to report any symptoms you are experiencing, such as fatigue, depression, constipation, or frequent chills.
Friends, if you have a known family history of thyroid condition, and that is only during this examination, tell your doctor.
Friends, this blood test is the only way to reliably confirm the diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
In addition, this is a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test that measures how much TSH your pituitary gland is making:
- Friends, tell that if your thyroid is not producing enough hormones, and that only to increase the production of thyroid hormone by the pituitary gland, it will promote TSH.
- And also that if you have hypothyroidism, and that’s only because your TSH level will be higher because your body is trying to stimulate more thyroid hormone activity.
- Friends, that if you have hyperthyroidism, and that is, your TSH level will be low, because your body is trying to stop the excessive production of thyroid hormone.
- In addition, thyroxine level testing is also useful in diagnosing hypothyroidism. is one of the hormones produced directly by your thyroid. It is only when the and TSH tests are used together that it helps to evaluate thyroid function.
Friends, that is usually, if you have high level of TSH as well as low level of and that is then you have hypothyroidism. However, there is a spectrum of thyroid disease. In addition, other thyroid function tests may be necessary to properly diagnose your condition.
So what alternative treatments can help with hypothyroidism?
Please note that these animal extracts that contain thyroid hormone are available. And these extracts come from the thyroid glands of pigs. They contain both as well as triiodothyronine.
Guys that if you take levothyroxine, and with that you are only getting However, that’s all you need because your body is only able to produce from synthetic.
And friends, these alternative animal extracts often contain inconsistent amounts of each hormone, and not all studies have shown them to be better than levothyroxine. And it is for these reasons, it is not recommended to them regularly.
Friends, you can also buy glandular extracts in some health food stores. Also, these products are not monitored or regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, it does not guarantee their potency, validity and correctness.
Please note that use any of these products at your own risk. However, let your doctor know if you decide to try these products so that they can adjust your treatment accordingly. Explore other alternative treatments like selenium and B vitamins.
What are the complications of hypothyroidism?
Be aware that complications of hypothyroidism include:
- such as goiter
- and nerve injury
- and that peripheral neuropathy
- and carpal tunnel syndrome
- such as decreased kidney function in cases of severe disease
- myxedema coma, and in cases of very severe disease
- That’s the obstacle sleep breathing
- Infertility or pregnancy-relate complications can also occur as a result of hypothyroidism, such as preeclampsia You will learn more about the complications of hypothyroidism itself.
So there specially dietary recommendations for the people within hypothyroidism?
As a general rule, people with hypothyroidism do not have a specific diet and one that they must follow. And though, here are just a few of those recommendations to keep in mind.
Eat a balanced diet
Let me tell you that your thyroid only needs a sufficient amount of iodine for it to function fully, and with that, but you do not need to take an iodine supplement for this to happen.
It should be noted that a balanced diet of whole grains, beans, lean protein as well as this colorful fruits and vegetables should get enough iodine. And then look for other iodine-rich foods.
Monitor Your Soy Intake
As such soy can hinder the absorption of thyroid hormone itself. If you drink a lot of soy products and eat either, you may not be able to absorb your medicine properly.
It is especially important that caregivers monitor the soy intake of infants who are in dire need of hypothyroidism treatment and also drink soy formula.
Soy is found in:
- such as tofu
- And this vegetarian cheese and meat product
- and that soy milk
- and that soybean
- and soy sauce
- And you only need a steady dose of medication to get the thyroid hormone levels in your blood to stay the same. And also avoid eating or drinking soy based foods for at least 4 hours before and after taking his medicine.
Be Smart With Fiber
Be aware that like soy, fiber can interfere with the absorption of hormones. And at the same time, too much dietary fiber can prevent your body from getting the hormones it needs.
Fiber is important, and friends, don’t skip it completely And instead, avoid taking your medicine within several hours of eating high-fiber foods.
Do not take thyroid medication with other supplements
Let us tell you that if you take these supplements or medicines in addition to thyroid medicines, and only then try to take them at different times And these other types of drugs can interfere with absorption, so it’s best to take your thyroid medication on an empty stomach as well as without other drugs or foods.
Please note that this does not mean being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and that you will have to follow a strict diet, and that although some adjustments may be necessary And make a hypothyroidism diet plan with these tips.
What are some tips for dealing with hypothyroidism?
Let it be known that even if you are undergoing treatment, and that you can still deal with the long lasting problems and either these complications due to this condition. And as well though, there are ways to lessen that effect of hypothyroidism on your quality of life.
Monitor for other health conditions
There is a link between other autoimmune diseases as well as hypothyroidism. And this hypothyroidism often goes along with other conditions, and that such as:
- and this celiac disease
- and diabetes
- and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- it’s a tree
- as well as disorders affecting the adrenal gland
- and pituitary problems
Develop a strategy to cope with fatigue
Be aware that despite taking that medicine, you may experience fatigue from time to time. And to help you deal with low energy levels, it is important that you:
- and get a good sleep every night
- Eat a diet rich in fruits as well as these vegetables
- Consider the use of stress-relieving mechanisms like meditation and yoga.
- and sort it out
- And having a chronic medical condition at the same time can be difficult, especially if it is accompanied by other health concerns. And that is, find people to whom you can openly express your feelings as well as these experiences. This could be a therapist, close friends, and that family member, or a support group of other people living with the condition.
It is to be noted that many of these hospitals sponsor meetings for people with conditions such as hypothyroidism. And that you ask your hospital’s education office for recommendation and also attend this one meeting only. You may be able to connect with people who really understand what you are experiencing and can provide guidance as well. learn
What is the connection between hypothyroidism and depression?
Let us tell you that when the level of thyroid hormone is low, then the natural functions of your body slow down and with this it lags behind. It causes a variety of symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, and even depression. A 2016 study found that 60 percent of people with hypothyroidism displayed some of these symptoms of depression.
Be aware that some people with hypothyroidism may only experience mood difficulties. This can make the diagnosis of hypothyroidism difficult. Friends, instead of just treating the brain, doctors should consider testing for an underactive thyroid and treating it as well.
So That’s Depression’s as well as hypothyroidism and share many Symptom’s. Contains:
- tired you
- you gain weight
- your sad heart
- low desire and satisfaction
- and barely pay attention
- you have difficulty sleeping
Let us tell you that these two conditions also have such symptoms and they can differentiate them from each other. Problems such as dry skin, constipation, high cholesterol and hair loss are common to hypothyroidism that’s so for Depression’s alone and he wouldn’t be a expecting a thesei situations.
Explain that this depression is often diagnosed on the basis of symptoms as well as it’s medical history. Low thyroid function is diagnosed with a physical exam and blood tests. And it is a only to see that’s if there Link betweens yours Depression’s and your thyroid function, and your doctor may order these tests to make a definitive diagnosis.
So that’s Let’s tell you if you’re Depression’s is only due to hypothyroidism that is only then curing this is hypothyroidism should be the treatment of depression. Friends, if this does not happen, then your doctor can prescribe these medicines for both the conditions.
They’ll gradually adjusted yours dosages until your Depression’s, along with hypothyroidism, is under control. And look at the link between that thyroid condition as well as that depression here.
What is the Connection Between Hypothyroidism and Anxiety?
Note that while hypothyroidism has long been associated with depression, a 2016 study indicated that it may also be linked to anxiety.
The researchers evaluated 100 people between the ages of 18 and 45, as well as those with a known history of hypothyroidism. And using an anxiety questionnaire, he found that about 63 percent of them met some sort of anxiety criteria.
Let us tell you that the research to date consists of small studies. And larger and more focused studies on this anxiety may help determine whether there is only one true association between hypothyroidism and its accompanying anxiety.
Be aware that it is important for you and your doctor to discuss all of your symptoms when being evaluated for a thyroid condition.
What effect does hypothyroidism have on pregnancy?
And it is women who have hypothyroidism and want to get pregnant with it, and it is they who face these special challenges. And that can lead to low thyroid function during pregnancy and uncontrolled hypothyroidism by either:
- like this anemia
- and that abortion
- and preeclampsia
- and steelberth
- And this low birth weight
- brain development problem
- birth defect
It should be noted that if you have hypothyroidism and you are pregnant, only then it can occur during your expected period.
It’s importantly to take their followings steps:
Friends talk to your doctor about this test
And it is possible for women to develop hypothyroidism while pregnant. And it is only a few doctors who regularly check thyroid levels to monitor low levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy. And also that if your levels should be lower than them, and that’s when your doctor can suggest treatment.
Let us tell you that some women who have never had this thyroid problem before becoming pregnant, and they can develop it after having children. And at the same time it is called postpartum thyroiditis. And for many women, the condition resolves within 12 to 18 months, and medication is no longer needed. And also it is about 20 percent of women with postpartum thyroiditis that will need long-term therapy.
Make sure you stay up to date with your medicine
Then continue taking your medicine as prescribed. And it’s normal to have those tests over and over again, and friends, that’s because your pregnancy progresses, and so your doctor can make any necessary adjustments to your thyroid medication And at the same time, it ensures that the baby is getting enough thyroid hormone for organ development.
Friends, let us tell you that when you are pregnant, your body needs a lot of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. And that taking a balanced diet during pregnancy along with this multivitamin can only help you maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Let us tell you that women with these thyroid problems can have healthy pregnancies and they happen often Learn more about the effects of hypothyroidism on fertility as well as its pregnancy.
What is the connection between hypothyroidism and weight gain?
That You’re thyroidism is a responsible for the many of yours body daily functionality, and that including metabolisms, organs function, and temperature control. And that’s when your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, and that’s why all these functions can slow down.
Friends, if your thyroid gland does not work properly, and only then it can lower your basal metabolic rate. And for this reason, an underactive thyroid is commonly associated with weight gain. And friends, the more serious the condition, the more likely you are to gain weight.
Keep in mind that this is not a normal amount of weight gain, though. And this will most people only gain somewhere between 5 to 10 pounds.
Let us tell you that treating this condition properly can help you in reducing your weight, friends, even when your thyroid level was uncontrolled. And also that however, keep in mind that this is not always the case. And that symptoms of underactive thyroid, including weight gain, tend to develop over a long period of time.
It is not uncommon for people with low thyroid hormone levels to lose that weight only after the condition is treated. And friends, it does not mean that the condition is not being treated properly. And that, instead, may indicate that your weight gain was the result of lifestyle choices rather than low hormone levels.
What is the connection between hypothyroidism and weight loss?
It should be noted that once you get treatment for this condition, and only then you can lose any weight you have. And friends, that’s because and that’s because once your thyroid level is restored, and that’s when your ability to manage your weight returns to normal.
Note that if you are being treated for hypothyroidism, and also this but do not see any change in your weight, it does not mean that weight loss is impossible. And also work with a doctor, registered dietitian, and or personal trainer to develop a healthy eating plan and exercise strategy that can help you lose weight just as well. Get that and that tips for managing your weight when you have hypothyroidism.
What is takeaway?
Let us tell you that as you get older, your body naturally goes through those changes. If there is a significant difference in how you feel and how your body reacts to either, talk to your doctor to see if thyroid problems are affecting you. And also explore the effects of hypothyroidism on your body.