Hypothyroidism definition and facts
- Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which a person's thyroid hormone production is below normal.
- There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism, for example, autoimmune disorders, thyroid removal, prescription medications, pituitary disease, and iodine deficiency.
- 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
depend on the deficiency of thyroid hormone, but can include
- increased cholesterol levels,
- hair loss
- memory loss,
- dry, rough skin, and
- A blood test is used to confirm hypothyroidism.
- With the exception of certain conditions, the treatment of hypothyroidism requires life-long medication.