Women are much more prone to thyroid abnormalities than men. A family history of thyroid problems is also a risk factor.
Hypothyroid disease can be associated with fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, low libido, cold intolerance and depression.
Hyperthyroidism or a high thyroid level can be associated with symptoms such as heat intolerance, an inability to gain weight, high blood pressure, and nervousness.
Thyroid disorders can be evaluated by obtaining thyroid function tests and or thyroid ultrasound. Physical examination is also very important in diagnosing thyroid disorders. The vast majority of thyroid problems can be treated medically, however at times surgery is indicated.
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