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Doctor insights on: What Happens If Hypothyroidism Goes Untreated

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Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?

Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?

Yes: Often mild hypothyroidism, which is more common as you get older, can go unchecked for a long time--months to years. Severe hypothyroidism is another story--medically known as myxedema coma --it is a rare but life-threatening condition. Hypothyroidism is easy tested and treated, thus check with your doctor... ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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What should you do with untreated hypothyroidism?

What should you do with untreated hypothyroidism?

Treat it: It won't get better, and you won't get any better, unless it's treated appropriately with brand name thyroxine replacement that your doctor checks on a regular basis to make sure the dose is correct. ...Read more

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Could hypothyroidism untreated cause spider anigomas?

Could hypothyroidism untreated cause spider anigomas?

No: Spider angiomas or telangiectasis is often seen after trauma, high estrogen states like pregnancy and in alcoholics. The is a laser that can remove these lesions. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 20 yrs old with untreated hypothyroidism. Should i be worried?

Get treated: Hi. Why are you untreated? I can only imagine treatment (thyroid hormone replacement) was recommended by the doctor who diagnosed you. Treatment is easy, cheap, & perfect. Take your thyroid hormone - you'll probably feel better! Good luck! ...Read more

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What's your opinion on untreated diabetes and hypothyroidism for 10 years could do to you?

BIG BIG RISK: Wt gain, low bmr, myxomatous madness, fat develop arroun heart, hair loss. High sugar eats up every organ, blindness, kiney failure, poor healing, skin infection, stress fracture of bone. Donot do that. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take untreated hypothyroidism to cause serious even fatal complications?

No problem if treat: Left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to multiple complications and health problems. Markedly enlarged gland or goiter can occur. Increased cholesterol and heart disease develops. Long-term, untreated hypothyroidism, myxedema, occurs when hormone levels extremely low. Its symptoms include intense cold intolerance and drowsiness followed by fatigue/lethargy and unconsciousness (myxedema coma). ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism in adolescent affected growth and left untreated till 21yo,is it possible to make growth back to normal ?

Hypothyroidism in adolescent affected growth and left untreated till 21yo,is it possible to make growth back to normal ?

Many factors: Many factors are involved--genetics, length of time without treatment for low thyroid. Has puberty completed and have bony growth centers closed? Please see your doctor and have a bone age x-ray done. Also check to make sure patient is on sufficient thyroid hormone. Good luck. ...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