Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is a part of the endocrine system and the endocrine system produces hormones that regulate the normal functions of the body. The thyroid can produce either too little or too many hormones and Underactive Thyroid occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Some of the common signs of Underactive Thyroid include weight gain, slow heartbeat, muscle aches, dry skin, and constipation, among others.
HOW IS UNDERACTIVE THYROID DIAGNOSED?
Thyroid conditions can easily be misdiagnosed as symptoms are similar to a range of other health conditions. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by thyroid function tests, blood tests and a medical examination. Diagnosis is made by monitoring the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and types of antibodies found in the blood.
HOW IS UNDERACTIVE THYROID TREATED?
Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine
DID YOU KNOW?
That you will need to have periodic blood tests done to check the thyroid levels?