Unfortunately, Hypothyroidism is a common problem faced by millions of people around the world every day. The condition happens when your thyroid gland stops producing enough of the hormones you need to stimulate your body’s metabolism. This has the unhelpful effect of slowing down a bunch of important processes your body needs to stay healthy and happy.
Over the years, lots of research has led to medical experts discovering that the condition tends to be more common in people over the age of 50, but younger people can suffer from it as well. In addition to everything else, one of the big problems is that Hypothyroidism can increase the level of cholesterol in your blood, which in some cases can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
In the early stages, Hypothyroidism can have many symptoms including mental fatigue and a general feeling of weakness of your body. You might gain weight for no apparent reason, or you may have unexplained feelings of sadness or depression.
If you think you are suffering from Hypothyroidism, the first thing you should know is that it’s quite a common disease these days, and it can occur for lots of different reasons. One very common cause is due to people having unhealthy and unhygienic eating habits (or not taking really good care with the food they prepare) leading to thyroid problems.
Eating too many sugary or starchy foods can also lead to trouble with your thyroid gland. If you tend to live with severe or chronic stress, this can lead to thyroid problems as well. Autoimmune Diseases with horrible names like Atrophic Thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can appear suddenly for a range of reasons. And if you have had any kind of radiation treatment (which can damage your thyroid gland), it can be another cause of Hypothyroidism.
There are also a number of medications such as Lithium and Interferon Alpha which have been known to cause side-effects which can lead to Hypothyroidism. Other causes can include low or no iodine intake, and your thyroid gland being attacked by bacteria in some way. Viral or Autoimmune Thyroiditis can also lead to Hypothyroidism, as can many diseases of the Pituitary gland.
Hypothyroidism can be treated in quite a few different ways. Many people are turning to natural remedies due to the potential side effects of some drugs. While natural treatments for Hypothyroidism don’t work for everyone, they can be a good complement to the treatments recommended by your doctor or health professional.
Author: James KupeThis author has published 5 articles so far.