Side Effects of Hypothyroidism
The Side effects of hypothyroidism are caused as a result of having an underactive thyroid. People
can experience both short and long term effects ranging from extreme tiredness to heart disease. Over the next few
minutes we will discuss how these hypothyroid side effects can damage your body and what you can do to combat
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What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is an illness that targets people all around
the world. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is not producing sufficient
hormones. This results in your metabolism system slowing down, weight gain, loss of hair, sensitivity to cold,
water retention, and a host of other symptoms.
Although these symptoms are better known and understood by both doctors and patients, the side effects of
hypothyroidism are less understood.
What are the Major Long Term Side Effects of
#1 - Increased Infection
You are more likely to have serious infections if your thyroid gland is not working properly. With an
underactive thyroid, you have greater risks of developing bacterial and viral infections. Your thyroid hormones
help control your cell's metabolic rate.
#2 - Miscarriages
Another one of the side effects of hypothyroidism in women is miscarriages and infertility. Studies have shown that women, who have underactive thyroids
during pregnancy, have more miscarriages than women who don't.
#3 - Heart Disease
This could be the most serious of all side effects of hypothyroidism. Heart disease kills an average of two
people every minute in the United States. Heart disease is the number one killer of adults, too.
An underactive thyroid can cause heart problems by raising the cholesterol level. On the positive side, if
hypothyroidism is treated early, it can usually eliminate the risk of heart disease that is caused from your
#4 - Myxedema
Myxedema is a serious, life-threatening disease. It can finally cause Myxedema Coma. However, Myxedema is not
that common, because it usually happens when you have had hypothyroidism for a long time, and it was never
#5 - Circulation Problems
Hypothyroidism can cause circulation problems too. This usually comes in the form of leg cramps and problems
with your heart due to restricted blood circulation. Another problem with bad circulation is that your skin often
becomes dry and cracked.
#6 - Goiter
This is probably one of the more recognized side effects of hypothyroidism. It is usually recognized by swelling
at the front of a person's neck. However, in the early stages, the size can be quite small. There are many reasons
why a person gets goiter. It can be caused from not getting enough iodine, thyroiditis, throat cancer, and
other hereditary reasons.
#7 - Depression
One of the commonly overlooked side effects of hypothyroidism is depression. Hypothyroidism and
depression alters brain activity, and causes the body to act in a lethargic manner. Depression normally
happens in the beginning stages of hypothyroidism, and if left untreated, it can cause serious complications in the
The Side effects of hypothyroidism are difficult to diagnose as an underactive thyroid. The
symptoms are so broad; they could be the result of other diseases. The only way to be sure, is to have your
doctor do bloodwork to check for the disease.