Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is significantly less active and creates a significant lack of its hormones. A severe hypothyroidism is called myxedema. Most common cause for this disorder to happen is lack of iodine in one’s diet (in undeveloped countries) and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is world’s most common cause for hypothyroidism. In developed countries iodine is added in salt as an ingredient which all people consume and by doing so you are preventing the possibility of low iodine consummation. Thyroid changes with these disorders and tends to increase in size. It changes in its entire structure diffusively, and then years after initial changes hypothyroid happens since the functional parts of the thyroid gland are being wasted.
An insufficient amount of thyroid hormones can lead to slowdowns of bodily functions. Contrary to hyperthyroidism symptoms of hypothyroidism are mild, gradual and can sometimes be mistaken for depression. With older people this can also be confused with Alzheimer’s. Lack of thyroid hormones slows down metabolism, heart rate, intestines peristaltic, increases fatigue, tendency to sleep over the day as well as a sensation of cold. Food which is consumed will be digested at a slower rate, being built into the fat tissue, along with signs of weakened memory and loss of concentration. Organism is, to keep things simple, extremely slowed down. Facial expressions become dull, voice weaker, speech slower, eye lids hang and so on. People suffering from hypothyroidism tend to gain weight despite the same amount of food being consumed as before. Some patients, especially older ones can be confused, forgettable.
Hypothyroidism is treated by replacing the hormones which are in deficit. Usually, a synthetic thyroid hormone T4 is used, with the other form of the same hormone being extracted out of dried thyroid glands from animals. Generally, the latter is far less effective because it’s difficult to regulate the dosage that way. Treating of hypothyroidism lasts for a lifetime. Rarely will you see that treatment has been cancelled due to great success, because it’s basically impossible to repair the thyroid. With most hypothyroidism symptoms in women it always means that you will need to supplement for lacking hormones in order to be able and live a normal life.
These synthetic hormone pills are always taken early in the morning on an empty stomach. Many patients do not stick to this which does have a significant effect on desorption, which means on its efficiency. By doing so, your hormone level in blood will not be well regulated which brings us to bad treatment effects.
In today’s modern medicine this condition has been well acknowledged so it’s really all about following your treatment procedure in order to experience any success. It’s important to understand that this needs to become your new habit, as you will need to follow it through for the rest of your life. In case you don’t, you might experience additional issues related with the lack of thyroid hormonal levels.