Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones, this is called hypothyroidism ('hypo' for 'under') and the condition can upset the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body - that is, the body's natural metabolism. Hypothyroid symptoms exhibit themselves rarely in the early stages, but the thyroid controls energy use, protein creation, and overall metabolism; and thyroid problems can show up as a number of health issues like constipation, body heat issues, weight gain, low heart rate, decreased sweating, muscle cramps, dry skin, poor muscle tone, female infertility and menstrual issues, and even depression. Hypothyroidism has been linked with iodine deficiency, but can also result from a damaged thyroid, a side-effect from giving birth, or even temporarily as a result of a high intake of iodine. Environmental stress can also cause hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is typically diagnosed through a measurement of thyroid stimulating hormone, serum cholesterol, anaemia, or body temperature.

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