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Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism: What's the Difference?

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Certain drugs such as lithium may also cause this condition, so ask your doctor about the effects of the medication that you are taking may have on your thyroid gland.

The good news is that hypothyroidism can be tested and diagnosed with a thyroid function test, and safely and effectively treated with a synthetic thyroid hormone.

With this medication you will start to feel less tired in one to two weeks, your cholesterol levels will gradually decrease, and you will start losing the extra weight.

The treatment usually lasts a lifetime. Your doctor will find the right dose for you and may change it from time to time based on your annual thyroid function tests.

Your doctor might recommend annual thyroid hormone tests if you are above a certain age, but it is always important to listen to your body and be aware of suspicious changes.

Always be proactive and consult your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. Your thyroid might be asking for help!


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Reviewed February 3, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my hypothyroidism. Not too long ago, I could not even walk a few steps with my one year old grandson without losing my breath. Now, I can walk up three flights of steps holding him and play with him all day. My blood sugar used to be all over the place and I had fogginess even when I slept a full night. Then I started following an easy diet that gave me more energy than ever and cleared my head. I even lost a lot of weight and even my allergies have improved. What made the difference? I started doing my research and found out about some simple natural remedies that no one had ever told me about, not even my doctor, endocinologist, or chiropractor. In case you're interested, here is the website that helped me the most in my recovery: http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/hypothyroid
Hope it helps anyone reading this!

July 8, 2016 - 3:10pm
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A proven scientific research diet & treatment that eliminates your hypothyroidism at the source !

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July 18, 2015 - 10:09pm
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