Hypothyroidism is a common condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Although it is most common in people over the age of fifty, it can still affect those under the age of fifty, including children who were born without a thyroid gland or who have an underactive gland. Hypothyroidism increases the chances of heart disease and diabetes as it raises cholesterol levels.
Long-term thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s disease is often the cause of hypothyroidism. This is where the body’s natural defense mechanism does not recognize the thyroid gland and attacks it as if it were a foreign element inside the body.
Let’s look at some of the causes of hypothyroidism:
Malnutrition – Unhealthy dietary practices such as eating sugary and fatty foods can damage the thyroid glands.
Viral or Autoimmune Thyroiditis – This condition can lead to hypothyroidism.
Congenital Hypothyroidism – This is a cause found among children. It is when a child is born without a thyroid gland or has a dysfunctional gland.
Radiation – Some radiation treatments can damage the thyroid gland.
Surgery – Surgical removal of the thyroid gland due to cancer of other conditions.
Medications – Some medications can cause an underactive thyroid. Some medications include lithium, iodides, and nitroprussides.
Pituitary Gland – Malfunction of the pituitary gland, although rare, can be a cause of hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary greatly. Everything from lack of energy to extremely dry skin issues.
Here is a list of common symptoms:
• Fatigue and body weakness
• Muscle cramps
• Unusual Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
• Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
• Dry skin and hair loss
• Irregular or even heavy menstruation.
• Depression and memory loss
• Weakness and slowing of mental activity
• Increased blood ldl cholesterol levels
Treatments for hypothyroidism:
Thyroid Hormone Drugs. Levothyroxine is the ingredient in the most reliable synthetic drug for treatment. After initiation of therapy, appropriate dosage levels need to be adjusted to ensure that the appropriate amount is met. If hypothyroidism is the result of Hashimoto’s disease, lifelong treatment with medication may be necessary.
Natural Healing Solutions. There are natural treatment options available that can be very effective. Algae, Vitamin B-complex, zinc, L-tyrosine, selenium, bladder wrap are all natural remedies commonly used. When it comes to kelp, the important thing is the consumption of iodine, which algae is rich in.
Another important aspect of treatment is regular exercise and a good, balanced and clean diet. As noted above, fatty and sugary foods often cause this condition and must be eliminated or largely discontinued as part of treatment.