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
Heavy or irregular
menstrual periods that may last longer than 5 to 7
If you have one or two of the above symptoms that have not
changed or have changed very little over a long period of time, it is less
likely that the symptoms are caused by hypothyroidism. Consult your doctor.
Talk to a doctor if you are pregnant and have some
of the above symptoms. Also talk to a doctor if you have hypothyroidism and are
pregnant or are trying to become pregnant. Your dose of thyroid hormone
medicine may need to be changed.
Watchful waiting—a period of time during which
you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical
treatment—is not appropriate for hypothyroidism that is causing symptoms.
Treatment should begin as soon as the condition is diagnosed.
Watchful waiting may be appropriate for certain adults with
mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism whose blood tests
show only modest changes. Talk to your doctor about treatment, its cost and
possible risks and benefits. Watch for any signs that you may be getting
hypothyroidism. Doctors often want people to have yearly thyroid
function blood tests to check to see if
thyroid hormone production is normal.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 07, 2012
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