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Hypothyroidism causes lethargy, fatigue, depression, weight gain, decreased appetite, constipation, hair loss, dry skin, brittle nails, carpal tunnel syndrome, preference for warm temperatures and menstrual irregularities. It is commonly caused as a result of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid. Hypothyroidism can be easily treated with replacement thyroid hormone and should be screened for in women, particularly those trying to become pregnant or over 50 years of age. Men have recommended screening over 60. Autoimmune thyroid disease can also be related with type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, colon inflammation (colitis), celiac disease, pernicious anemia, and vitiligo (skin disorder), and it is often confused for a mental illness, especially depression.

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About: Symptoms diagnostic of thyroid disease

Date: 2005

Source: The Capital

Author: Evelyn D. Harris

URL: http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2005/08_28-08/LIF

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