Dr. Friedman Explains the connection between TSH, Hypothyroidism & Cardiovascular Disease.
The Most Common Problem From Hypothyroidism
More than three quarters of the people suffering from an underactive thyroid don't know it and have never been treated — and this means some 8 million Americans.
If you are running on too little thyroid hormone, your whole metabolism is "low." You may feel run down, slow, depressed, sluggish, cold, and tired. Your hair may be brittle, your skin dry and itchy, your muscles crampy.
The most common cause of low thyroid production is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis in which your lymphocytes make antibodies which slowly and gradually disable the hormone-producing cells in your thyroid gland.
Diagnosis is easily made with a simple blood test, measuring the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from your pituitary gland.