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Hypothyroidism Facts: 9 Things You Might Not Know

By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 05:38 PM

Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland, part of the endocrine system, isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones. These important hormones are responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism and many other functions.

You have probably heard of hypothyroidism, but here are nine things about it you might not know about it.

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1. Symptoms of hypothyroidism such as constipation, depression, and trouble sleeping are often not attributed to an underactive thyroid, says Experience Life. These symptoms usually result in treatment that provides temporary relief but does not address the underlying potential hypothyroidism.

2. Women are much more likely to develop hypothyroidism than men. Endocrine Web reports women over the age of 50 are especially prone to having underactive thyroid.

3. The thyroid works closely with the brain to produce just the right amount of hormone. Its output is directly tied to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain.

4. Hypothyroidism in the U.S. is most often caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, says Experience Life.

5. More than half of the estimated 27 million Americans who have thyroid disease are not aware of the imbalance, according to Wellness FX.

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6. Synthetic thyroid supplements are the preferred treatment for hypothyroidism, says Endocrine Web. Though they are synthetic, they are exactly the same as what the body produces naturally, and treatment must be continued for life to avoid a relapse.

7. For women, many thyroid imbalances can occur during times of reproductive hormone fluctuation in the body such as during perimenopause or pregnancy, says Wellness FX.

8. The thyroid gland uses iodine to produce its important hormones. Iodine must be consumed in the diet since it is not naturally occurring in the body. According to Wellness FX, some countries around the world are more susceptible to thyroid disorders because their diets lack the necessary levels of iodine.

9. Unlike many health issues, there is no known way to prevent hypothyroidism.

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