Hypothyroidism is a condition when your thyroid gland stops producing enough thyroid hormone. These kinds of thyroid glands are called inactive thyroid glands.
Thyroid gland is one of the important glands in your endocrine system that is located in the front bottom part of your neck. Hormones released by the gland travels to almost all your body parts. Thyroid hormone controls your metabolism. In other words, thyroid hormone helps you derive energy from the food you consume. Metabolism rate controls your body’s temperature and your ability to burn calories. When you have lack of thyroid hormone in your body your body process slows down to bad, making you tired and sluggish all the time.
Causes for hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is caused by a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. When a swell in your thyroid gland is visible, it is assumed that you have thyroiditis and it needs doctor’s attention soon. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis condition your body creates a lot of antibodies. These antibodies attack and destroy the healthy thyroid gland.
There are certain treatments which carry the dreadful danger of thyroid to you.
Radiation therapy around the neck area treats cancer but damages cells in the thyroid gland. This reduces the capability of the thyroid gland to produce hormone in a regular basis.
There are certain strong medications, which are used to treat generally heart diseases, psychiatric conditions, cancer and so on. These medicines include lithium, amiodarone (Cardarone), interleukin-2, interferon alpha. They cure the disease but along side brings hypothyroidism to you.
Surgery to get rid of the thyroid gland also leads to hypothyroidism. So it is always suggested by doctors not to go for the complete removal of the gland rather curb a part of it, as a small part of thyroid gland will also be able to produce enough hormone that would suffice your body’s need.
4-Iodine less diet
Iodine less diet is also another reason of hypothyroidism because your body requires ample amount of iodine to produce thyroid in your body. So eating a healthy balance of iodine rich food might help you stay away from hypothyroidism.
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