Health Matters

Your Thyroid and Your Health

“Hypothyroidism can be readily treated.”


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Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too little thyroxine hormone. Dr. Stephen Spann, Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine tells you what you need to know.

“Overt hypothyroidism affects between 0.1 percent and 2 percent of the population, and is most common in older women. Symptoms may include fatigue, cold intolerance, weight gain, trouble thinking, constipation, dry skin, hoarseness, swelling, depression, irregular or absent menstrual periods, and muscle or joint pains.”

“The most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a condition in which a person's immune system develops antibodies against their own thyroid gland, causing gradual destruction and failure.”

“Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a TSH blood test, and is readily treated with a daily dose of thyroxine. Once an optimal dose of replacement hormone is achieved, blood tests should be checked at least yearly to ensure that adequate levels are being maintained.”

“If you are having symptoms suggestive of hypothyroidism, consult with your personal physician about having your TSH checked. If you are found to have hypothyroidism, treatment will likely help you to feel better!”




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