By Janice Graham
As you hit one of those big birthdays, you probably worry more about new
wrinkles than about less visible body parts — like your heart. But recent
research has found that each decade of your life is a crossroads, with new
health concerns to worry about. What's more, you need to be aware of these
issues — because your doctor may not be. "Many physicians fail to recognize how
much a woman's risk factors for heart disease evolve over her lifetime," says
In general, how bad your symptoms are depends on your age,
how long you have had hypothyroidism, and the seriousness of the condition. The
symptoms may be so mild and happen so slowly that they go unnoticed for years.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism during
and after pregnancy include fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, depression, and
memory and concentration problems.
Because of the range of symptoms, hypothyroidism can be mistaken for
depression, especially during and after pregnancy. In older people, it may be
dementia, and other conditions that cause memory
Symptoms of hypothyroidism in infants, children, and teens
Although rare, hypothyroidism can occur in
infants, children, and teens. In infants, symptoms of
a goiter include a poor appetite and choking on food. Symptoms of
hypothyroidism may include dry, scaly skin. In children and teens, symptoms
include behavior problems and changes in school performance. Children and teens
may gain weight and yet have a slowed growth rate. Teens may have delayed
puberty and look much younger than their age.