What are the risks of hypothyroidism?
Untreated hypothyroidism can lead to a number of health problems:
- Goiter. Constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may cause the gland to become larger — a condition known as a goiter.
- Heart problems.
- Mental health issues.
- Peripheral neuropathy.
- Birth defects.
What is the risk of thyroid?
There are certain lifestyle factors that increase the risk of thyroid disorders. They include: Smoking, as tobacco contains substances that affect the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and prohibiting the absorption of iodine as well as the production of thyroid hormones.
How quickly can hypothyroidism develop?
Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually appear slowly over several months or years. However, some people develop symptoms of hypothyroidism quickly over a few months. In general, the lower your thyroid hormone levels become and the longer they stay low, the more severe your symptoms will be.
Will hypothyroidism shorten my life?
If you keep your hypothyroidism well-controlled, it will not shorten your life span. WHAT CAUSES HYPOTHYROIDISM? There can be many reasons why the cells in the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone.
Does thyroid affect life expectancy?
Individuals with low-normal thyroid function live up to 3.5 years longer overall and up to 3.1 years longer without CVD than participants with high-normal thyroid function. Authors suggest low-normal thyroid function may promote energy conservation or an association with a heritable phenotype associated with longevity.
Can thyroid affect emotions?
Yes, thyroid disease can affect your mood — primarily causing either anxiety or depression. Generally, the more severe the thyroid disease, the more severe the mood changes. If you have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), you may experience: Unusual nervousness.