The Risk Factors of Hypothyroidism
There are certain risk factors for hypothyroidism. Women are much more likely than men to get hypothyroidism. Older people are also more likely to get it than young people. Therefore, anyone over 35 should be routinely tested for hypothyroidism, especially if there is a family history of the disorder. Women should be especially vigilant.
Children do not usually present with hypothyroidism. Newborns are checked for it at birth because hypothyroidism can cause retardation in babies. Even though children do not usually have hypothyroidism, it is important to make sure that they are checked by a doctor if they show signs of the disorder.
Pregnant women and women who have just had a baby are at an even higher risk for hypothyroidism. Most doctors keep an eye on women during these time periods to ensure that hypothyroidism is caught early if symptoms arise. However, it is important to ask your doctor for a hypothyroidism test if you have symptoms.
People with thyroid problems in their past are at a higher risk for hypothyroidism. People with diabetes, autoimmune disease, or anemia more often than not end up having hypothyroidism. Even people with premature gray hair have a higher chance of getting hypothyroidism.
Those who have iodine deficiency or take certain medicines are at risk for hypothyroidism. Those medicines include interferon, lithium, and amiodarone.
If you are at risk for hypothyroidism it is important to recognize the symptoms and get tested regularly. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include yellowing of the skin, slow movement, and feeling tired weak or depressed. Women also tend to show symptoms such as an unusually long, heavy, or irregular menstrual cycle.
The groups listed above are the most likely to get hypothyroidism. However, anyone can present with these same symptoms. Anyone who shows the symptoms of hypothyroidism needs to see their doctor as soon as possible to get checked.
Hypothyroidism is easily treated with medication. If you exhibit any of the symptoms mentioned above or if you are at risk you should talk to your doctor immediately about getting tested. The test is a simple blood test. If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you can be treated with medication. Most people only have to take medicine for about a month before they feel much better. Some people do have to take medicine for the rest of their lives.
Hypothyroidism is a serious disorder with serious symptoms. It is important that you pay attention to the symptoms and seek medical help as soon as possible if you believe you have the condition. Hypothyroidism is much easier to treat with success if it is discovered early.
Because the symptoms often seem innocuous, many people ignore them. It is important to remember that you should check with your health care provider if you believe you have hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, some doctors misdiagnose hypothyroidism. This is because the symptoms that hypothyroidism presents are similar to the symptoms for depression and many other disorders. Make sure that you ask your doctor for a hypothyroidism blood test if you present with any of the symptoms mentioned above. Some symptoms to pay special attention to are weight gain, depression, yellowing of the skin and the inability to stand cold.
One way in which you can combat hypothyroidism is through your diet. The eBook below will teach you how to: