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Elevated levels of thyroid- here is your complete guide to

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Subclinical hypothyroidism is an early form of thyroids in which the body is not able to produce enough thyroid hormones.


Subclinical hypothyroidism is reported to have 2.5% cases per year. (1)


- It is seen more likely in women than men
- Lab tests are required
- It is a treatable condition
- Long-term condition: can take a few years to resolve



Subclinical hypothyroidism indicates an elevated TSH value with normal thyroid hormone levels. Subclinical hypothyroidism should be screened in women above 50 years who are at the highest risk due to hormonal changes and those with a family history of thyroid disease should be screened at 19 years of age.


Ages affected: It is usually common in women above 50 years of age. Males are rarely affected by this condition. Some children can even be born with hypothyroidism.



Symptoms:


Subclinical hypothyroidism sometimes has no symptoms present in case of mildly elevated TSH levels. Some common symptoms which are commonly experienced are:
o Depression- Hypothyroidism causes anxiety and depression.
o Constipation- Low thyroid levels affects the colon system causing constipation issues.
o Fatigue- Feeling sleepier and more tired.
o Weight gain- Hypothyroidism signals the body to eat more, store calories and burn fewer calories.
o Hair loss- Hypothyroidism affects the growing cells of the hair causing coarsening of hair.
o Intolerance to cold- More sensitive to cold temperatures.
o Memory issues like ‘brain fog’- Mental fogginess and difficulty in concentration.


Treatment


Self- Care:
o Eat a well-balanced diet.
o Aim for at least 8 hours of sound sleep.


Medications: Anti-thyroid medications. Beta blocker drugs are administered to alleviate symptoms.


Specialists: To get the right treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism, it is recommended to consult an endocrinologist. We at mfine are here to help you discover the best specialty doctors to help you get an integrated treatment plan and seek faster recovery.

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