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The symptoms of underactive thyroid disease include increased sensitivity to cold, increase in weight, hoarse voice, high cholesterol, fatigue, depression, memory lapses, thinning hair, dry skin and puffy eyes. However, many of these symptoms are common to other conditions and thus it may be frequently misdiagnosed and undiagnosed. Underactive thyroid may be caused by pregnancy, menopause, infections and some medications. Other people are born with the condition. Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a blood test and treatment involves daily thyroid hormone use. The American Thyroid Association claims that anyone over 35 should be screened for thyroid disease every five years. Experts are still unsure as to the benefits of treating mild hypothyroidism before they completely develop the disease which is usually within 5 to 7 years.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by CBS News
About: Thyroid disease frequently undiagnosed
Date: 21 January 2005
Source: CBS News
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