When the level is low, the body has a hard time functioning normally. Which is why, people with deficiency often feel cold, get tired more easily, become depressed and experience constipation. Since there are hundreds and thousands of symptoms and various illness that we can get, there is no specific way of finding out if we have hypothyroidism but to get a simple blood test.
What causes hypothyroidism? Well, it may range from poor immune system which leads to some diseases and infection that hinder the normal function of the gland, surgical removal of the gland due to tumors etc., radiation, to genetics. Hypothyroidism also occurs when there is too much or too little iodine in the system and other specific medications.
Your doctor would normally give a series of questions and tests to see if you have hypothyroidism. Some of them are:
Check on medical history
- Questions about your previous medical surgery
- Any experience with radiation treatment
- Questions on the medicines you have taken in the past
TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone test
If left untreated
If you leave your hypothyroidism untreated, there are some serious risks to your health. These changes can have a direct impact on your life. Some may cause obesity, joint pains, extreme swelling of the skin, affect nearly all your organs in your body.
Where can you find more information?
Contact Faith Medical Group at +65 6444 8019 or drop by at our clinics!