Millions of Americans suffer from fatigue, weight gain, depression, and cognitive impairment. Many believe that they have no choice but to accept and live with these seemingly “age-related” declines in quality of life. At the same time hypothyroidism has been increasingly linked to symptoms of fatigue, lack of energy and general malaise even when the blood values of thyroid hormone are seemingly within the normal range. More and more health care providers are now paying more attention in an attempt to understand what is referred to as sub clinical hypothyroidism.
Underactive thyroid or sub clinical hypothyroidism is often overlooked or misdiagnosed and can be the underlying cause of these symptoms. Patients and their doctors often disregard these common signs of thyroid hormone deficiency, mistaking them for normal aging. (1)
Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disorder resulting from deficiency of thyroid hormone. The most common cause is considered an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid disease. This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, worldwide; inadequate iodine intake or iodine deficiency remains the foremost cause. (2)