This condition happens when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck. Low thyroid levels happen when the gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This is called hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormones help control how the body uses energy. They are also associated with managing body temperature, muscle function, heart rates and mental functioning. When there is not enough thyroid hormone, a person may experience the following symptoms:
Newborn babies are screened for hypothyroidism shortly after birth.
Problems with low thyroid hormone levels happen more frequently in women than in men. This can cause women to have problems with their menstrual periods and can lead to infertility issues. Sometimes the symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels can be confused with symptoms related to aging.
If you believe you have low thyroid levels, contact your healthcare provider.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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