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According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an estimated 25 million people have some form of hypothyroidism, but only half have been diagnosed.

What is thyroid?  What is hypothyroidism?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in front of your windpipe.  Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough of a hormone called thyroxine. 

Thyroxine governs your body’s metabolism and helps control how your body uses energy and how well your cells, tissues and organs work.  Therefore, not having enough thyroxine can cause unpleasant symptoms throughout your body.

The most common symptoms include:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Yellow skin
  • Hair loss, including the eyebrows
  • Swollen face, hands, legs, ankles or feet
  • Cold feet and cold hands
  • Aches and pains in muscles or joints
  • Hoarse or raspy voice
  • Constipation
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or irregular periods
  • Fatigue

Mental Symptoms:

  • Slower thinking
  • Poor mental concentration
  • Slower speech or movement
  • Depression

In some cases, an enlarged thyroid gland, slowed heart rate, and infertility may occur.

In the next few articles I will discuss causes and treatment for hypothyroidism.  Stay tuned!

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