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Hypothyroidism is an under-activity of the thyroid resulting in too little production of thyroid hormone. Although it may be caused by a variety of diseases that affect the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, this condition is due primarily to disorders of the thyroid gland itself. Inadequate secretion of thyroid hormone leads to a general slowing of all physical and mental processes. There is a general depression of most cellular enzyme systems and oxidative processes, and as metabolic activity of all cells of the body decreases, reducing oxygen consumption, decreasing oxidation of nutrients for energy and producing less body heat.
- fatigue is a common symptom of both hyper- and hypothyroidism.
- intolerance to cold
- dry, coarse skin and hair
- weight gain
- in women, hypothyroidism can also cause heavy or irregular menstrual periods
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