Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones that your body needs. Symptoms include mental fog, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, depression, frequently feeling cold and muscle weakness. Hypothyroidism is easily treated. However, symptoms can often be misdiagnosed as something else. For example, ome providers prescribe antidepressants for depression, not realizing it is caused by a thyroid condition.
Untreated hypothyroidism can lead to serious conditions since the thyroid controls many bodily functions. The Mayo Clinic States “over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems.” These health problems include:
The American Thyroid Association has conducted research on heart conditions in hypothyroidism patients. If hypothyroidism remains untreated, “cardiovascular death and all-cause mortality were increased.” This means that untreated hypothyroidism could lead to heart failure and death.
-Mental Health Issues:
Because depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, it can worsen if left untreated. It can also affect memory. Untreated hypothyroidism can be the cause of memory loss or deficit.
-Infertility and Birth Defects:
If you suffer from symptoms mentioned above and are planning on getting pregnant, you should first check your thyroid. It may be difficult to conceive if you have hypothyroidism. And if you do become pregnant, hypothyroidism could also cause birth defects and mental impairment. The Mayo Clinic warns that “babies born to women with untreated thyroid disease may have a higher risk of birth defects compared to babies born to healthy mothers.” Evidence suggests that these children may also be mentally impaired.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, get your thyroid levels checked. See one of our thyroid specialists. Treating hypothyroidism early can prevent serious health conditions.