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Hypothiroidism

Were you looking for information on Hypothyroidism? Hypothiroidism is a common misspelling of hypothyroidism.
 
The thyroid is one of a group of glands that are part of the endocrine system. These glands produce, store, and release hormones that direct the activity of the body's cells. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, which is the way the body uses energy, and affect nearly every organ in the body, including the skin, heart and blood vessels, and reproductive system.
 
If a person's levels of thyroid hormone are abnormally low, it is called hypothyroidism. It is often directly related to conditions affecting the thyroid gland (this is true in the majority of cases), but can also be caused by medications, surgery, or iodine deficiency or excess.
 
Initially, there may be no symptoms. However, left untreated, a person may eventually experience weight gain, joint pain, and a puffy face. Medications are typically all that is needed to treat hypothyroidism.
 
(Click Hypothyroidism to learn more about this condition, including specific causes, additional symptoms [and why they are so varied], and how the condition is diagnosed. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
 
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