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  • Thyroid for Men

    The thyroid is a gland that is situated in the lower neck, beneath the Adam’s apple and in front of the windpipe. It produces a variety of hormones that your body uses for various functions, and influences metabolism, energy levels, and temperatures throughout the body. Certain conditions may cause the thyroid to produce too many or not enough of the hormones it normally secretes, and the longer one of these conditions exists, the more likely it is to cause lasting damage to your body.

    When the thyroid produces fewer hormones than your body needs, the condition is known as hypothyroidism. This condition is far more common than the opposite, and has numerous causes ranging from immune system malfunction to medical procedures. Hypothyroidism may result in symptoms such as:
    • Constipation
    • Depression
    • Dry skin and hair
    • Feelings of sluggishness
    • Hair loss
    • Lack of energy
    • Muscle cramps or stiffness
    • Slowed heart rate
    • Sudden weight gain
    Less common is hyperthyroidism, the condition where the thyroid is over-active and producing too many hormones. This is most often caused by Graves’ disease, but may be caused by a tumor or goiter. Symptoms include:
    • Elevated heart rate
    • Hair loss
    • Heart palpitations
    • Increased frequency in bowel movements
    • Insomnia
    • Mood swings
    • Nervousness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sweating
    Thyroid replacement therapy for hypothyroidism will require prolonged, often life-long, treatments to make up for the inability to produce hormones adequately. These treatments provide additional hormones that your thyroid cannot produce, but are typically unable to bolster your thyroid’s ability to produce hormones on its own.

    Hyperthyroidism will typically require surgery or specialized drugs to treat.


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