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HOW DO THYROID PROBLEMS AFFECT WOMEN (PART 1)

One in eight women will develop thyroid problems during her lifetime.


Some common thyroid problems that can affect women are:


Hypothyroidism:

Also known as underactive thyroid, is when your body does not make enough thyroid hormone. This can cause an irregular menstrual cycle, fatigue, weakness, muscle and joint pain, weight gain without eating more food, depression and sensitivity to cold. Symptoms can develop slowly and can onset over a number of years.


Hashimoto’s Disease:

Is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid. This attack damages the thyroid so that it does not make enough thyroid hormone and can cause symptoms of Hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid gland known as a goiter.


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