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14 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism You Don't Want to Ignore

By    |   Wednesday, 04 May 2016 06:26 PM

Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid that releases low levels of hormone and causes symptoms related to a slow metabolism. The thyroid gland normally produces necessary hormones throughout the body.

An underactive thyroid slows down the body’s processes and energy needs, so fatigue is often a symptom. Slow metabolism and lack of energy can also lead to weight gain.

These common symptoms have often been associated with an underactive thyroid, Everyday Health notes. But people need to watch for other signs as well.

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Here are 14 symptoms of hypothyroidism people shouldn’t ignore:
  1. Depression may occur because lower thyroid hormone levels slow down brain activity. Difficulty concentrating may result and lead to mood disorders.
  2. Memory problems arise, but researchers believe this does not cause permanent damage to the cognitive process when hypothyroidism is treated.
  3. Hair loss begins to appear when hypothyroidism goes untreated for several months.
  4. Menstrual periods could be longer or shorter, or there may be an increase in the volume of blood.
  5. Dry skin is a common symptom of hypothyroidism because thyroid hormones help with skin health.
  6. The skin could develop a yellowish tint.
  7. A person’s skin may feel cold along with an inability to tolerate cold.
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  1. Brittle nails can develop.
  2. Constipation is a symptom of hypothyroidism.
  3. Muscle aches and cramps are symptoms.
  4. Hoarseness can develop from weakness.
  5. An enlarged thyroid gland, known as goiter, may be seen or felt in front of the neck where the gland is located.
  6. Hypothyroidism can cause swelling of the hands, arms, legs, and feet, according to WebMD.
  7. Facial puffiness, especially around the eyes, may occur.

Hypothyroid patients don’t necessarily experience all of these symptoms and each individual may have different symptoms, EndocrineWeb notes.

Symptoms may depend on how much the hormone levels have decreased.

Becoming aware of these symptoms may get people with hypothyroidism to seek the help of a doctor for a proper treatment plan.

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Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid that releases low levels of hormone and causes symptoms related to a slow metabolism. These common symptoms have often been associated with an underactive thyroid. But people need to watch for other signs as well.
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