By: Keanan De La Rosa
Hypothyroidism is the under production of one or more hormones.
The signs and symptoms vary, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems that you have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years. At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more-obvious signs and symptoms.
Affected body systems
Hypothyroidism can affect many different body systems such as the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the digestive system. These are the systems that are effected the most by hypothyroidism.
Memory loss or mental slowing as well as depression can occur with untreated hypothyroidism and may become more severe over time. Finally, a rare, but possibly fatal consequence of long-term, untreatedhypothyroidism is called myxedema. Myxedema occurs when the body's levels of thyroid hormone become extremely low.
Goiter. Constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may cause the gland to become larger. Heart problems, Mental health issues,
- Peripheral neuropathy, Myxedema, Infertility, and Birth defects can be a major problem if not treated properly.