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Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body's metabolism. If your thyroid gland is not active enough, it does not make enough thyroid hormone to meet your body's needs. This condition is hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is more common in women, people with other thyroid problems, and those over 60 years old. Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is the most common cause. Other causes include thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, congenital hypothyroidism, surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid, radiation treatment of the thyroid, and some medicines.

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Illustration of the thyroid showing the parathyroid glands
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  1. Hypothyroidism (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... to meet your body's needs. This condition is hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is more common in women, people with other ... cause. Other causes include thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, congenital hypothyroidism, surgical removal of part or all of the ...
  2. Cretinism; Congenital hypothyroidism; Hypothyroidism - infants ... Hypothyroidism in the newborn may be caused by: A missing or poorly developed thyroid gland A pituitary ...
  3. Myxedema; Adult hypothyroidism ... body uses energy. This process is called metabolism . Hypothyroidism is more common in women and people over ...
  4. Genetics Home Reference: Congenital hypothyroidism From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... Research studies OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Congenital hypothyroidism On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... Glossary definitions Reviewed May 2006 What is congenital hypothyroidism? Congenital hypothyroidism is a condition that affects infants ...
  5. Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease (Hormone Health Network)  
    ... SITE › Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease Share: Fact Sheet Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease January 2014 Download PDFs English ... nervous system, body temperature, and weight. What is hypothyroidism and what are its symptoms? Hypothyroidism, also called ...
  6. Congenital Hypothyroidism (Hormone Health Network)  
    ... OUR SITE › Congenital Hypothyroidism Share: Fact Sheet Congenital Hypothyroidism March, 2012 Download PDFs English Espanol Editors Rosalind S. ... MD Susan R. Rose, MD What is congenital hypothyroidism? Newborn babies who are unable to make enough ...
  7. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: Hypothyroidism The Thyroid and You: Coping with a Common ... is made by the pituitary gland. What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid ...
  8. Hypothyroidism (American Thyroid Association)  
    What is Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone ... not shorten your life span. Causes What causes hypothyroidism? There can be many reasons why the cells ...
  9. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Past Issues / Spring 2012 Table ... of its symptoms are seen in other diseases, hypothyroidism usually cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. ...
  10. Hypothyroidism From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF  
    ... Human Services NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is a disorder that occurs when the ... pituitary responds by dropping TSH production. What causes hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism has several causes, including • Hashimoto’s disease • thyroiditis, ...
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