Hypothyroidism In Men

Facts About Hypothyroidism in Men


Hypothyroidism in men, although less common than in women, presents many of the same risks and complications as it does for women. Hypothyroidism is defined as a deficiency in the thyroid hormone. Such a deficiency can be the result of another medical problem or, if left untreated, it can be the cause of other problems.

The thyroid hormones are responsible for many of the body’s functions including digestion, heartbeats, growth and metabolism. When not diagnosed and properly treated, hypothyroidism in men – and women - can cause two serious complications. 

Myxedema Coma

This condition can come on quite suddenly or develop over time. It can result in death if not properly treated in a certain window of time.  Most of the time, there will be a gradual onset of Myxedema coma. The exceptions would be in cases where the patient was taking narcotics, sedatives or in cases where the condition was brought on suddenly via exposure to cold or some sort of physical trauma such as an accident or surgery.


Symptoms of this condition include shallow breathing, low blood pressure, low blood sugar and low body temperature.

Emergency room treatment is required. Treatment may include aiding the patient with respiratory functions and hydrocortisone to help increase blood pressure.

Cretinism

This complication occurs in newborns and must be properly diagnosed and treated within a few months of birth in order to avoid developmental problems.  If not properly treated, some of the effects include mental retardation, stunted growth, swayback, drooling and others.

Again, if caught early, there is a very good chance that the patient will not have any of the above developmental difficulties.

Hypothyroidism in men includes slightly different risk factors than in women. Women become part of the high risk group for this and other thyroid problems at age 50, while men not until age 60. Below are some other risk factors for hypothyroidism in men.

Family History

If members of your family – of either sex – have had thyroid problems, your chances are greater of developing similar issues.

Disease

Certain diseases increase your chances of developing thyroid problems. The diseases include lupus, diabetes and some types of arthritis.

Other risk factors include having undergone radiation therapy, high cholesterol and the use of certain medications including lithium and cordarone.

The sooner hypothyroidism in men is diagnosed, the better the chances of successfully bringing it under control without harmful complications. Below are some of the symptoms of the condition.

If your doctor suspects that you have hypothyroidism, blood tests will be done to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment typically includes hormone replacement, which must usually continue throughout the life of the patient.  

Hypothyroidism in men is treatable when caught early. The longer it goes untreated, the more complications could arise as a result.


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