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The Varied Causes Of Hypothyroidism
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The Varied Causes Of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a health condition evident in most individuals. Low levels of thyroid hormones in the blood stream characterize it. These hormones are produced in the thyroid glands. They play vital roles in the body system as far as growth; development and cell processes are concerned. In short, there will be a slowing down of processes in the whole body system once this condition comes into existence. The causes of hypothyroidism are quite a number with health experts singling out inadequate iodine as the main cause. Inadequacy or excess of it is harmful. The thyroid glands once subjected to excess iodine from other factors such as nuclear activity, the results are slowed down cellular activities within the body system. In the long run, hypothyroidism condition comes into life.

The other cause is a condition called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. This is a situation whereby the immune system, which its responsibility is to protect the body from foreign and harmful substances, directs its immune attack in mistake to fellow cells in the body system. Here inflammations will occur. Continued inflammations therefore will lead to a great amount of loss of thyroid glands in the blood system. Although this loss is gradual, persistent loss for a longer period of time causes hypothyroidism to occur.

In addition, some of the drugs we take, as medication may be the causes of this. These include lithium for treating psychiatric situation and the medication of hyperthyroidism. These drugs have the effect of inflaming the thyroid glands, which affect the production of thyroid hormones. Once this occurs, a shortage is registered and the end result is this condition.

Besides, another cause is that of the state of a woman regarding pregnancy. Such a condition leads to inflammation of the thyroid glands. Normally, it is registered within the first six months after delivery of the baby. This condition is known as postpartum thyroiditis. The scale of the hypothyroidism fully depends on the extent of the swells in the thyroid glands brought about by this condition.

Furthermore, a problem arising from the other parts of the hormone production may inflate the occurrence of hypothyroidism. A good example is the occurrence of damage to the pituitary gland or the brain. This is a thyroid hormone creation stripe. Any form of damage to it due to head operation or brain damage may subsequently lead to this issue. This is due to the fact that pituitary glands produce the TSH hormone, which in return stimulate the production of the thyroid hormones. In case of an injury to these parts, the end results will be less production of the thyroid hormone in the body system.

In summing up, radioactive radiations done for treatment of hyperthyroid conditions purposes in the neck and head region comes in as one of the causes of hypothyroidism. In this scenario, some of the radioactive materials may cause a great deal of damage to the thyroid glands. Thus, the production of thyroid hormones will be tempered.


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Very informative article Laura.

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  about 1 decade ago
AnnMarie  

Very interesting and informative article, Laura. I have had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for years and hypothyroidism as a result. I don't know exactly what caused it but it's good to find out about the possible reasons. Thanks.

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  about 1 decade ago

Wow I had no idea that the immune system could mistakenly turn and attack good cells because of inflammations. You learn something new every day! Nice article, very informitive.

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  about 1 decade ago
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