Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism facts

  • Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal.
  • There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism.
  • The thyroid gland is regulated by another gland that is located in the brain, the pituitary.
  • Hypothyroidism is a very common condition.
  • The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle, but can include increased cholesterol levels, depression, and fatigue.
  • A blood test is used to confirm hypothyroidism.
  • With the exception of certain conditions, the treatment of hypothyroidism requires life-long medication.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2013

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Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be mild or severe, but are often very subtle. People with a mild form of the condition may not have any symptoms at all. The most serious form of hypothyroidism is called myxedema, which can lead to coma and even death. An underactive thyroid gland affects all organs and functions within the body, leading to both physical and emotional symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism in adults are:...