Hypothyroidism is more than likely to affect women than men. About 5% of Women in the United States have it. This condition is caused by an underproduction of thyroid hormone. There are many symptoms that can be caused by hypothyroidism. Among them are: chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, feeling cold, low body temperature, slow heart rate, weight gain even without change in diet, elevated cholesterol, painful pms, heavy periods, milky discharge from breast, fertility problems, muscle weakness, muscle crams, dry and scaly skin, a yellow-orange coloration in the skin (specially palms of hands), yellow bumps on the eyelids, hair loss (including eyebrows), recurrent infections, migraines, hoarseness, respiratory infections, constipation, depression, difficulty concentrating, slow speech, goiter, and drooping, swollen eyes. Thyroid problems can be hereditary, caused by poor diet, fluoride in water, excessive consumption of unsaturated fats, endurance exercise, pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables, radiation from x-rays, alcohol and drugs.
Hashimoto's disease is believed to be the most common cause of underactive thyroid. It is also the most common cause of goiter.
A rare condition that can result from long-term undiagnosed hypothyroidism is called mysedema coma. This coma can occur during illness, after an accident, from exposure to cold, or as a result of the ingestion of narcotics and/or sedatives. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment.
Hypothyroidism is often diagnosed by a doctor after a blood test. If you are suffering from one of the symptoms mentioned, it is recommended to see a doctor and get tested. If your blood test show that you are hypothyroid, your doctor will prescribe a thyroid hormone that will replace the hormone normally produced by your thyroid.
In most cases, the thyroid hormone replacement is not enough. Some people still feel tired, unable to lose excess weight, have digestion problems, insomnia, hair loss and other symptoms that are not helped by taking the thyroid hormone. If this is the case, you need nutrition therapy in the form or proper diet and supplements to help your body cope with the hormone imbalance. There are Naturopathic assessments available to determine nutrient deficiency. Nutrition Therapy is helpful in any health issues for that matter.