What Are the Effects of Hypothyroidism?

1 Answer

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
If hypothyroidism is left untreated, here are some of the effects that it may have:
  • Goiter: a swelling in your neck that can cause trouble swallowing and breathing.
  • Changes in Your Metabolism: Untreated hypothyroidism slows your metabolism -- chemical reactions that fuel your body. A slow metabolism can lead to moderate weight gain.
  • Skin and Hair Conditions: You may have dry, coarse skin and hair. Your hair, including eyebrows, can fall out. And your skin can get a yellow or orange hue.
  • Bleeding Issues: Low thyroid hormone can keep your blood from clotting and cause heavier bleeding. This can mean heavy menstrual periods for women. Both heavy periods and lower production of blood cells can cause anemia.
Key words: effects hypothyroidism; side effects hypothyroidism.