Underactive Thyroid

Underactive Thyroid


Underactive ThyroidAn underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism, can cause depression, fatigue and weight gain. Hypothyroidism is caused by a lack of thyroid hormone production by the thyroid gland.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that is present from birth and there is no prevention for it. However, it can be treated through hormone therapy and with particular dietary habits.

Note: Underactive thyroidism is COMMONLY misdiagnosed. Please make sure you get a blood test to be sure. Symptoms are not enough to make a proper diagnosis.

“The… patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.” – Quentin Regestein

Who is at risk?

Underactive thyroid conditions are most commonly found in women above the age of 50. Hypothyroidism is usually associated with superficial symptoms such as joint pain, dry skin and cold sensitivity. However, more serious complications can occur from extremely low levels of thyroid hormones.

A Myxedema coma is the most severe form of hypothyroidism and is marked by low thyroid levels brought on by an infection or illness. Myxedema comas are medical emergencies and should be treated immediately or they can result in death. Other complications include heart disease, infertility and miscarriage. Hypothyroidism, if left untreated, can lead to an increased risk of birth defects

The most common method to treat an underactive thyroid is to take medication designed to replace the thyroid hormone that is deficient. The medication has to be taken consistently and for the duration of a lifetime. If symptoms disappear it is still necessary to take the medication and have thyroid hormone levels checked on a regular basis.

Veggies Can Be Bad?

There are a variety of foods that may interfere with the production of thyroid hormones and these foods are often associated with a healthy diet. Goitrogen is a substance found in many raw foods and it suppresses the production of thyroid hormones by blocking iodine uptake. The thyroid gland requires iodine from food in order to produce hormones. A severe lack of iodine can sometimes lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, a condition commonly known as a goitre.

Some of the most common foods that contain goitrogens include strawberries, spinach, peanuts, broccoli and sweet potatoes. If a person is suffering from hypothyroidism, it is important to stay away from raw foods because cooking the food can destroy the goitrogens.

Hypothyroidism is a very treatable condition but is often difficult to diagnose due to the similarity of its symptoms to other conditions. Many doctors believe that as much as 20% of the population may suffer from hypothyroidism. My research leads me to believe it is closer to 3%.