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Under-active Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)

Hypothyroidism refers to low thyroid gland function. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the larynx. The hormones of the thyroid gland regulate metabolism in every cell within the body, therefore a deficiency can potentially affect every system within the body. The severity of these symptoms vary from sub-clinical hypothyroidism, where there are very few symptoms, to severe deficiencies which could be potentially life threatening.

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism usually manifest when the disease is fully developed, however even in the early (sub-clinical) stages, some of the following may present:

• Fatigue
• Weight gain
• Cold intolerance
• Constipation
• Poor memory recall
• Dry skin
• Decreased concentration
• Depression
• Loss of hair
• Muscle and joint pains
• Lowered body temperature
• Reduced or excessive sweating
• Brittle nails
• Lowered sex drive
• Poor muscle tone
• Goitre

Later symptoms include:

• Lowered basal body temperature
• Altered menstrual cycle
• Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows
• Dry puffy skin, especially around the eyes
• Hoarse voice

Most cases of hypothyroidism develop in adulthood. The medical treatment almost always involves the use of replacement thyroid hormones.

There are many complementary therapies that can be incorporated into your Nutrition Mission treatment plan. We will support the ability of your thyroid to make and convert hormones as well as supporting all of the bodily systems affected by this condition while addressing any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Please also see: Thyroid Disorders.
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