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What Does It Mean to Have Hypothyroid?
Hypothyroid causes a condition called hypothyroidism where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones to meet the needs of the body. Hypothyroid means the thyroid is underactive.
The thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and the way the body uses energy. If the levels are low, then many of the body’s functions slow down. The thyroid is found in the front of the neck below the larynx and there are two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe. The hormones can affect brain development, breathing, body temperature, skin dryness, weight, menstrual cycles, and cholesterol levels.
Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, slowed heart rate, joint pain, decreased sweating, heavy periods, weakness, dry skin, or thin and brittle hair. If it is left untreated, symptoms can also manifest into hoarseness, puffiness in the face, hearing loss, and slow heart rate. In teens and children, the symptoms are usually the same and can also include poor growth. Symptoms can go unnoticed for long periods of time.