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Thyroid Health

image-16Hypothyroidism, or a thyroid imbalance in men, is caused by an underactive thyroid gland and low metabolism which will produce low thyroid levels and symptoms including:

  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Discomfort with cold
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain

Hypothyroidism is on the rise and happens far more regularly than having an over active thyroid known as hyperthyroidism.  About 10 years ago the standards for normal thyroid activity were reestablished and today nearly 1 in 7 adult men suffer from hypothyroidism.  Despite these changes by the Society of Endocrinologists not all labs have updated their analysis and reporting.  Many men that were previously told had healthy thyroids now find they were misdiagnosed.

What is hypothyroidism?

Fibromyalgia is closely linked to hypothyroidism.  Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness and causes fatigue and extreme joint and muscle pain.  Many people with hypothyroidism are later diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland, increases a person’s metabolism and symptoms including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Breathlessness
  • Trembling hands
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Hair loss
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased bowel movements

Many of these symptoms are not immediately apparent as they grow gradually over time until their impact is too significant.  As a man ages, it can become more difficult to detect hyperthyroidism as many symptoms will lessen except for depression and being under weight.

If you are concerned you might have thyroid issues, click “Contact a Physician” below and schedule your first consultation or to learn more.

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