Hypothyroidism/Underactive Thyroid is more common in women than men, with estimates that 10 times more women than men are affected. Hypothyroidism is usually gradually progressive with symptoms increasing as thyroid function deteriorates. Symptoms can overlap with many other medical conditions and can remain undiagnosed until appropriate testing is performed to make a diagnosis. Hypothyroidism is usually due to Hashimoto's Disease, which is an autoimmune thyroid disease.
Treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement, with synthetic Thyroxine. Brands in Australia are Oroxine and Eutroxsig.
If you suffer from Hypothyroidism, your symptoms could include:
- Weight Gain and Fluid Retention
- Depression/Low Mood
- Sleep Disturbance
- Thinning of Hair and Eyebrows
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry Skin
- Poor Concentration
- Muscle Pain and Weakness
- Enlarged Thyroid (Goitre)
- Low Libido/ Decreased Fertility
- Menstrual Changes
- For pregnant women, there is an increased risk of miscarriage and multiple obstetric complications
‘ATF CEO Beverley Garside and Principal Medical Advisor, Professor Creswell Eastman speak to Yasmin Noone – SBS Online about Hashimoto’s Disease.’