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Were you looking for information on Hypothyroidism? Hypthyroidism is a common misspelling of hypothyroidism.
The thyroid gland makes two thyroid hormones -- triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) -- which affect several different areas, such as metabolism, brain development, breathing, body temperature, muscle strength, and menstrual cycles. When the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to meet the body's needs, the condition is called hypothyroidism.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune thyroid disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. This condition is more common in older women and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in children.
Because thyroid hormones affect so many different areas of the body, symptoms also vary widely. Some people may have no symptoms, vague complaints (such as fatigue), or symptoms often seen in older people (dry skin, constipation, and sensitivity to the cold).
(Click Hypothyroidism to learn more about this complex medical condition, including additional symptoms, how it is diagnosed using simple blood tests, and the typical treatment plan. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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