Hypothyroidism Treatment Online

Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, develops when the thyroid gland produces an insufficient amount of hormones.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Delayed puberty
  • Slow growth
  • Lethargy
  • Feeling cold
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • And more.

 

Diagnosing and Treating Hypothyroidism Online

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck, produces an insufficient amount of hormones. Two prevalent hormones produced by the thyroid gland are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

Thyroid hormones affect the speed of the body’s metabolism; for example, these hormones impact the speed at which a person’s heart beats, how fast calories are burned, and the body’s temperature. When the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, these processes slow down.

Women who are over the age of 60 are more likely to develop hypothyroidism. Over time the disease can lead to a number of complications, including obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease.

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This condition occurs when the body produces antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Other causes of hypothyroidism include:

  • Other autoimmune diseases
  • Treatment for hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Radiation therapy

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to hypothyroidism. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for hypothyroidism is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of hypothyroidism may include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Monitoring blood sugar levels
  • Insulin
  • Transplantation

 

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • Is there a specific diet recommendation for hypothyroidism?

    People with hypothyroidism should avoid certain foods including soy, iodine-rich foods, iron and calcium supplements, high-fiber foods, and certain vegetables that are high in fiber. Outside of those restrictions, people are encouraged to eat a nutrient-rich diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants as well as foods that are good sources for selenium and tyrosine.

  • What are some home remedies for hypothyroidism?

    While there are no home remedies that would help someone control their hypothyroidism, there are many alternative treatments that may manage the symptoms. One remedy is to avoid certain foods that may impact the effectiveness of the treatment, such as soy, iodine-rich foods, iron and calcium supplements, and high-fiber foods. Other treatments that could help manage hypothyroid symptoms include acupuncture, yoga, and meditation.

  • How does subclinical hypothyroidism differ from hypothyroidism?

    Subclinical hypothyroidism is a mild version of hypothyroidism and the term is used to describe a somewhat underactive thyroid. Subclinical hypothyroidism is also known as early-stage hypothyroidism. Only a very small percentage of people who have subclinical hypothyroidism eventually develop hypothyroidism.

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