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5 Easy Lifestyle Changes For Living Better With Hypothyroidism

When your thyroid gland isn’t working as well as it should be, you don’t feel well. You are run down, exhausted, often cold even when others are warm, and are gaining weight despite your best efforts to keep it off. Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. These hormones are needed […]

How is the thyroid function screened?

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Screening for hypothyroidism involves a blood test that measures thyroid hormone (thyroxine, or T4) and serum TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels. Hypothyroidism is often suspected when TSH levels are above normal and T4 levels are below normal. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

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Who should undergo thyroid function screening?

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) does not recommend thyroid testing as a routine part of prenatal care, but advises that testing should be limited to women with symptoms of thyroid disease and those with a history of thyroid disease or other medical conditions associated with it, such as diabetes. The ACOG recommends […]

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How does hypothyroidism affect the fetus?

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It is unclear whether hypothyroidism increases pregnancy loss. Some studies have shown a higher rate of stillbirth and miscarriage, while others found no increase. During the first few months of pregnancy, the fetus relies on the mother for thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones play an essential part in normal brain development. Deprivation of the maternal thyroid […]

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How is hypothyroidism treated during pregnancy?

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Once hypothyroidism is diagnosed, thyroid hormone replacement therapy may be used to treat the mother. Dosage of thyroid hormone replacement therapy is based on the individual’s levels of thyroid hormones. The treatment is safe and essential to both mother and fetus. When the fetus is born, routine newborn screening includes a test of thyroid hormone […]

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What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

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Hypothyroidism is a common condition, which can go undetected if symptoms are mild. Hypothyroidism means the thyroid is underactive, producing insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones. Symptoms of hypothyroidism are usually very subtle and gradual. The following are the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: -Dull facial […]

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What is hypothyroidism?

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Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by an underactive thyroid gland and may occur during pregnancy. Unfortunately, many symptoms of hypothyroidism are masked by symptoms of pregnancy, such as fatigue, weight gain, and abnormal menstruation and, as a result, the disease is left undetected and untreated. In addition, the risk for developing hypothyroidism increases with […]

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Dangers of an Underactive Thyroid

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Your Thyroid Health Matters If you have hypothyroidism, you can control your condition with medication. Although you need to take that thyroid pill daily, it’s well worth it. Untreated, an underactive thyroid not only can make you feel lousy, it can also harm your health. 1. Depression Although experts don’t fully understand why, thyroid disorders […]

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Signs of Thyroid Overmedication

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One in five people treated for hypothyroidism may be getting more thyroid hormone than they need. This overmedication can lead to health problems. They include arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat), weakened bones, and mood disorders. Here’s how to spot the warning signs of thyroid overmedication and what to do. Symptoms of Overtreatment Getting too much thyroid […]

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Thyroid Medicine is Causing Insomnia?

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Question: I think my new thyroid medicine is causing insomnia? How long does this last? Answer: There are so many reasons for people to have difficulty sleeping. So it may not be your thyroid medicine. But if it is the cause, it should go away once your body adjusts to taking it. Most people who […]

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