Hypothyroidism: The Dangerous Effects of This Serious Condition
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little hormones. Many diseases can cause hypothyroidism indirectly or directly. As the thyroid gland influences growth, development, and many cellular functions, having hypothyroidism can affect the whole body in many different ways. The hormones that are produced in the thyroid glands are called thyroid glands. They are located near the windpipe of the body. The thyroid glands take iodine to produce hormones. Now that you learned a little about hypothyroidism, let’s move on to the effects of hypothyroidism on the effects of this condition on the human body.
- Hypothyroidism can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Weight loss caused by lack of thyroid hormones
- Muscle weakness
- Osteoporosis (risk increases in women)
- Alkaline levels in blood increases
- Cardiac complications
- Eye Problems including bulging of the eyes, red or swollen eyes, sensitivity to light, double vision
Though that the complications are serious, it is rare that this condition should ever be life-threatening and some of them could even be treated by taking medication. There are also many things that people with hyperthyroidism can implement into their lifestyle like taking less iodine into their lifestyle and also taking anti-thyroid medications. In the worst case scenario, surgery or radiation maybe required to remove the thyroid gland from the body. This would be a solution but only as a last resort as patients would have to take pills every day otherwise they could die!
A sudden worsening of hypothyroidism is called thyrotoxicosis which can result in an extremely high fever and hospitalization would be required to insure survival.
Maybe after reading this article you realize that people with hyperthyroidism will have to go through a lot to overcome this condition. If you do or ever get diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you at least know some background information about this condition.