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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
25th May 2016
All about Hypothyroidism
  • An underactivethyroid gland or hypothyroidismis a new epidemic of the society. 
  • Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, loss of energy, cold intolerance and menstrualirregularities in women.
  • All people who are 50+ should have their thyroid profile done as screening test for thyroid deficiency.
  • Tests to detect hypothyroidism are TSH and T4. TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is the most important and sensitive test for hypothyroidism. An abnormally high TSH means hypothyroidism.
  • In younger people, thyroid deficiency should be investigated for in the presence of infertility, menstrual irregularity,pregnancy, weight gain.
  • Thyroid deficiency is treated by thyroxine or synthetic T4 hormone replacement.
  • Patients who develop hyperthyroid symptoms at any time during thyroxine supplementation should have their TSH tested. If TSH is low, then T4 dose needs to be reduced.
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