Hypothyroidism: Symptoms and Clinical Features

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Hypothyroidism: Symptoms and Clinical Features

The symptoms and clinical features of insufficient thyroid hormone production, or hypothyroidism, are considered generalized or non-specific in nature when evaluated singly. However, when evaluated collectively, they present a picture that points to a root cause and the underlying condition. Those presenting with hypothyroidism will frequently present with an inability to lose weight, intolerance to cold temperatures, and chronically fatigued.
Low levels of thyroid hormones contribute directly to decreased and inefficient metabolism, leading to obesity and high blood pressure. Untreated hypothyroidism leads to cognitive impairment and depression.