Dr. Robert Jones with Genesys Medical Institute brings us up-to-date on what you need to know about hypothyroidism.
What symptoms are evident with hypothyroidism?
The biggest symptom is fatigue, but you will also experience things like cold hands and feet, depression, dry skin, constipation, anxiety, hair loss, poor memory and inability to lose weight, despite dieting and exercising, also heel callous and cracking. Also, look for possible abnormal menstrual cycles, decreased libido and memory loss as well as muscle cramps and muscle aches
Is there a test to determine hypothyroidism?
The typical blood test that doctors run is called the TSH and is not sufficient to detect the problem. You should also ask for a T3 test as well. If left untreated, hypothyroidism will probably progress.
Is hypothyroidism very common?
It has been said that it is the most commonly non-diagnosed disease in America today.
If my thyroid is low, why will it make me gain weight?
The thyroid will make your entire metabolism run much more slowly.
Can hypothyroidism be treated?
Yes. Have a T3 test done. Some doctors may not require that test because they always do a TSH test. That will not show the problem, so the patient could go on with their life being tired but thinking their thyroid is not a problem.
But watch out for symptoms of the disease so it can be treated quickly and promptly because signs may be easy to miss. Testing may also be a good idea for:
Older adults, especially women older than 60
Previous thyroid problems
People with a family history of thyroid problems
People with rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes
Iodine deficient, though rare in the United States (common when salt is not added to salt, food and water.
Some medicines may interfere
Be sure to consult with your health care provider to see what is the best treatment for you.
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