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Dr. Judy Saslow
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Hypothyroidism (Infant And Child) (Definition)

Congenital hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which babies have low levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is crucial for development, especially development of the brain, and lack of thyroid hormone can lead to mental retardation. Causes of congenital hypothyroidism include the failure of the thyroid gland to form (agenesis) or immature brain to gland signaling. Treatment via thyroid hormone replacement is very effective. ...Read more


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Could a young adult have dementia caused from untreated hypothyroidism?

Could a young adult have dementia caused from untreated hypothyroidism?

Yes: Hypothyroidism is one of the most important metabolic causes of reversible cognitive impairment. The term refers to thyroid under function within adults, which results in deficits of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine T4 and triodothyronine t3 (liothyronine). This underfunction may originate in the thyroid itself or in the pituitary or hypothalamus which controls the thyroid gland. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Hypothyroidism (adult) (Tip)

It's best to take it on an empty stomach. But that can be before bed. Don't vary time of day. ...See more

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Would either Marfans or hypothyroidism & its meds keep an adult's growth plates from closing normally thus resulting in added growth well into 30s/40s?

Would either Marfans or hypothyroidism & its meds keep an adult's growth plates from closing normally thus resulting in added growth well into 30s/40s?

Probably not: With diagnoses like Marfans and hypothyroid, you need an excellent doctor. If you are truly gaining height at this age it is VERY unusual. One condition causing this is pituitary secretion of growth hormone, but rarely growth hormone may be produced elsewhere. See a specialist in Endocrine disorders, possibly at a University/ Med School ASAP. Be well! ...Read more

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Can hypothyroid cause delayed growth in adults rather than wt. gain? Never had unexpected wt gain until same time as getting dx of hypo. at 26 y/0

Can hypothyroid cause delayed growth in adults rather than wt. gain? Never had unexpected wt gain until same time as getting dx of hypo. at 26 y/0

Unrelated in adult: Hypothyroidism in infants or children would be picked up when it began to interfere with growth. Growth assessment is part of routine checkups & leads to a drop off in growth rate.Linear growth stops in most females by 17 and males 18 when growth centers close. It is almost a decade since your linear growth was expected to stop,so a new diagnosis of low thyroid has nothing to do with your height ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Hypothyroidism (adult) (Tip)

If you feel tired, constipated, have changes in hairs, skin or nails, get your levels checked! ...See more

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Reached adult height early 20s. Are there any med conditions/diseases other than acromegaly that would cause 37YO female to suddenly start growing again 2-3 inches in height after years of no growth? Healthy other than hypothyroidism,takes Levoxyl.

Reached adult height early 20s. Are there any med conditions/diseases other than acromegaly that would cause 37YO female to suddenly start growing again 2-3 inches in height after years of no growth? Healthy other than hypothyroidism,takes Levoxyl.

That does not happen: That does not happen in real life, meaning a middle-aged adult does not grow taller if having excess growth hormone. She will get acromegaly instead of growing taller. Note that she will not get taller with or without acromegaly. Of course, there may be stories of middle-aged adults growing taller on the internet, but that's the internet world. ...Read more

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A dr. said thyroid abnormalities can cause adults over 35 to grow taller. Which ones cause that? Hypothyroidism? Do any other rare genetic disorders?

A dr. said thyroid abnormalities can cause adults over 35 to grow taller. Which ones cause that? Hypothyroidism? Do any other rare genetic disorders?

Myth: Perhaps you are citing that PHD in electrical engineering that posts health claims on the web. You do not grow taller after your growth centers (late teens to early 20's). ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
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Hypothyroidism (adult) (Tip)

Be certain diagnosis is based on more that one episode of testing. That is always repeat tests once. ...See more

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Food to be taken for hypothyroid?

Food to be taken for hypothyroid?

Diet's not the key: Being hypothyroid is difficult enough without subscientific / pop diet recommendations. You can basically eat what you please (healthy choices, of course, and limit your calories as you may tend to overeat / get fat.) but you must take your thyroid replacement medicine or your life will be ruined. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (adult) (Tip)

Do i need a brand name tablet? Would a generic work as well? ...See more

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What are the symptoms of being hypothyroid?

What are the symptoms of being hypothyroid?

Numerous: Abnormal thyroid functioning may adversely affect a person's mood. It can also cause weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, as well as other problems. Hypothyroidism can be caused by the thyroid gland itself and can also be caused by certain medications, like lithium. If a person's pituitary gland is not functioning properly, that may cause hypothyroidism. There are thyroid replacement drugs. ...Read more

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Im hypothyroid sometimes my hearbeat vll be 108 y?

Im hypothyroid sometimes my hearbeat vll be 108 y?

Adrenals: Hypothyroidism can cause adrenal fatigue and adrenal compensation can sometimes cause tachycardia. Or you may have an autoimmune thyroid problem that swings you between hyper and hypo. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (adult) (Tip)

Ask your doctor if you are given T4 supplementation to check and be sure your body converts to t3 (liothyronine) fr. ...See more

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I am a hypothyroid person. what are the foods to avoid hypothyroid person?

I am a hypothyroid person. what are the foods to avoid hypothyroid person?

None: Hypothyroidism is not caused or affected (for better or worse) by any specific food. It is treated with specific medicine. ...Read more

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What is hypothyroidism?

Underactive thyroid: Hypothyroidism is a thyroid gland (in the front of the neck) that is under active and producing less hormones than normal. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed primarily on blood tests. Symptoms can be misleading. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (adult) (Tip)

If your hair starts becoming curly or brittle, have your thyroid checked--maybe hypothyroid. ...See more

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What is hypothyroidism?

What is hypothyroidism?

Low Function Thyroid: Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is either not produing enough or somethimes any of the hormones needed for basic functioning. It controls metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and most normaly functions of homeostasis and even controls some of your other glands production of hormones. It can be life-threatening if not treated. Medication will correct the problems. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Several: Fatigue, abnormal weight gain, dry skin, cold intolerance, constipation, hair loss, mental and physical lack of stamina, sluggishness, brittle nails. ...Read more

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What causes hypothyroidism?

What causes hypothyroidism?

Depends: Causes can be varied, as well as the treatment. Sometimes imbalanced thyroid hormone conversion can cause functional hypothyroidism. Sometimes iodine or other deficiency can cause it. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be cure?

Can hypothyroidism be cure?

Thyroid failure: Nope. Not yet. The only option is to be on simple thyroid replacement medication daily. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be cured?

Can hypothyroidism be cured?

Not usually: Occasionally, hypothyroidism is caused by a temporary condition such as thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Such cases usually do resolve, and the thyroid goes back to making normal amounts of thyroid hormone. Most of the time, however, the thyroid gland makes less and less thyroid hormone over time, and lifelong treatment with thyroid hormone is needed. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroidism go away?

Does hypothyroidism go away?

Not usually: It depends on the cause. Autoimmune hypothyroidism (aka hashimoto's) does not typically go away. Some other causes might. Regardless, the medication (levothyroxine) used to treat the condition is safe and does not have any real side effects. ...Read more

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How to cure hypothyroidism ?

How to cure hypothyroidism ?

See your doctor.: What to do with hyperthyroidism depends mostly on what the cost is. Regardless of the cause, however, you should be taking thyroid supplements until the cause and treatment are determined. You should see your doctor or an endocrinologist ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Banana good for hypothyroid?

It is OK.: Foods rich in tyrosine, a thyroid hormones precursor, are favorable for hypothyroidism. Tyrosine-rich foods include animal proteins, dairy products, almonds and bananas. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism hereditary?

Sometimes: Depends on the cause of your hypothyroidism. Congenital hypothyroidism (since birth) is less hereditable than acquired (latter in life) hypothyridism. ...Read more

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How common is hypothyroidism?

Fairly common: About 3% of the general population has hypothyroidism. It is more common in women than in men, and can run in families. ...Read more

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What can cause hypothyroidism?

Autoimmune, surgery: The most common cause is autoimmune thyroid disease, that is, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. Thyroid surgery can cause it too. So can radiation therapy to the neck. Meds like amiodarone and some chemo can, too. ...Read more

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How hypothyroid causes anxiety?

How hypothyroid causes anxiety?

Thyroid & Anxiety: As a psychiatrist, i always test for thyroid conditions, which can exacerbate anxiety, and cause many other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause death?

Theoretically.: Would be very rare as the symptoms generally bring patients to attention before they are not reversible. Hypothyroidism can contribute to death from other causes such as heart failure. ...Read more

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How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

Blood test: By measuring your thyroid levels along with TSH your physician can have enough data to rule in or rule out hypothyroidism. If your family history is positive for thyroid disease, you may ask for thyroid antibodies to be checked as well. ...Read more

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Does garlic cure hypothyroidism?

No.: No. Garlic has been touted as a cure/treatment for everything imaginable. ...Read more

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What is secondary hypothyroidism?

Underactive thyroid: Hormone in blood stream due to pituitary insufficiency thyroid gland fine, but pituitary gland not working corectly. ...Read more

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Why is hypothyroidism so serious?

NOT TRUE: If diagnosed early and treated early, hypothyroidism is not serious. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroidism affect growth?

Thyroid and growth: Hypothyroidism in childhood does affect growth (slows it down) and so it should definitely be treated as soon as detected. ...Read more

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How to treat hypothyroid naturally?

Take natural thyroid: The natural way to help your body is to not deprive it from the natural hormone that it requires, thyroid hormone. Anything else you do will be un-natural. There are no herbs, supplements, or potions that will help your thyroid do what it is incapable of doing. As you remain off thyroid hormone you will become more un-natural. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan
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