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What is hypothyroidism?

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When the thyroid gland doesn't make enough hormone, the body uses energy at a slower pace than it should. This condition is called hypothyroidism. Symptoms include:

  • dry, coarse skin and hair
  • Fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Frequent, heavy menstrual periods
  • Hoarse voice
  • Inability to tolerate cold
  • Weight gain
  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter)

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Medline Plus: "Thyroid Diseases;" "Depression;" and "Hormones."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Thyroid Diseases;" "Depression;" and "Hormones."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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