Thank you for visiting the Treatment of Hypothyroidism website. The goal behind this site is to help those suffering from Hypothyroidism find natural relief from the afflictions and pain caused from this disorder.
What is Hypothyroidism?
For those that are new to Hypothyroidism, we’d like to give a more in depth analysis for the root cause of the issue. Hypothyroidism is also know as under active thyroid disease and occurs when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone for optimal daily use. The thyroid hormone is sent from your thyroid in your neck into your blood stream and is used by nearly every part of your body. Your thyroid is important as it helps control your metabolism. Your metabolism can affect critical things in your daily life such as your body temperature, how well your body can burn calories, as well as your heart rate. Hypothyroidism actually causes your metabolism to slow down due to the lack of thyroid hormone in your system.
What Causes Hypothyroidism?
The most common cause for Hypothyroidism revolves around an inflammation of the thyroid gland. The most common reason for inflammation is due to an autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This occurs due to your own body creating antibodies which attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Other causes for Hypothyroidism include viral infections, radiation treatments to the neck, use of certain types of medication, Thyroid removal surgery, pregnancy, and the lack of enough iodine in a diet.
Who is at risk of getting Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is not gender specific; however, it does tend to afflict older women more than anybody else. If you have a family member who has an autoimmune disease, you have a higher chance of getting Hypothyroidism. Some of the other contributing factors include your race, as white and Asian people tend to become afflicted with this disorder. Age also seems to be a factor as it affect more older people. If you notice you might be getting grey hair prematurely, this is also a sign you might be developing Hypothyroidism.
What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
One of the issues with Hypothyroidism is the symptoms can mirror those of other types of diseases or disorders. These symptoms could include the following: constipation, hair loss, dry hair and/or skin, tiredness, weight gain, carpal tunnel syndrome, more sensitivity to the cold, depression, a slower heart rate and a noticeable inflammation of the thyroid.