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Thyroid Condition

Description: Inadequate or excessive production of thyroid hormones stimulates vital processes in every part of the body -- growth, use of energy, heat production, fertility, the body's use of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, electrolytes, and water, and regulation of the immune response in the intestine.

Symptoms: Fatigue, cold sensitivity, muscle and joint aches, weight gain, diminished appetite, constipation, rough and dry skin, coarsened hair, impaired mental activity, and depression.

Number of Americans diagnosed: Some 20 million Americans are afflicted, occurring mostly in women over age 60.

Long-term problems/treatments: If untreated, physical changes can develop, including a round puffy face with a sleepy appearance, dry rough skin, and loss of hair. Other later symptoms include a husky voice; numbness in arms and legs; muscle pain and weakness, in some cases causing carpal tunnel syndrome; hearing loss; and obstructive sleep apnea.
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