Hypothyroidism is a rare occurrence in men as compared to women, according to Mario Skugor an endocrinologist; hypothyroidism is about eight to ten time less common in men. This is because 85 percent of hypothyroidism is caused by autoimmune diseases which are common in women.
This condition develops more complications in men as compared to women simply because most of them tend to ignore its initial symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment allows patients to prevent more dreadful effects of the disease and reverse the current symptoms.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
There are several factors responsible for hypothyroidism occurrence in men; however the main cause is Hashimoto’s disease. Hasihmoto’s disease is an auto-immune disease that is characterized by the production of antibodies that destroy the tissues of the thyroid gland thus reducing its capability to produce thyroid hormones.
Some of the other common causes of hypothyroidism are:
- Inflammation of the pituitary gland
- Radiation therapy
- Iodine deficiency
- Genetics or hereditary
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Men
Signs and symptoms vary form one person to another depending on one’s age and how long he has the condition. Experts believe older people are likely to have the condition because the possibility of having a thyroid deficiency is high in them. The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism in men are similar in women. Hypothyroidism slows down the metabolism process, so its symptom can affect any organ in the body.
The most common symptoms include:
- Tiring easily
- Dry skin and brittle nails
- Feeling cold
- Weight gain
- Sore muscles
- Trouble concentrating
- Goiter or swelling of the thyroid gland
- Loss of interest in sex and trouble having erections
Diagnosis for Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed easily with a blood screening test that checks TSH and T-4 level. In diagnosing thyroid problems in men, a doctor should determine the history and the family background of the patient. Physical examinations should then be done to check whether the patient has goiter then the blood test is done to determine the TSH and T-4 levels.
If one is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it is important to seek treatment from a specialist. Often, doctors prefer treating their patients using synthetic thyroid hormone medicine. After starting the treatment one will have to make regular visits to the doctor to make sure that he has the right dose of medicine, and this could continue throughout his life.
There are also very effective natural hypothyroidism treatments and home remedies that one can apply. It starts with the right diet, that is, getting the right minerals like iodine and vitamins which aid the thyroid glands in the production of hormones.
There are also other supplements that have all the ingredients required to solve thyroid problem, e.g. thyromine.
So if you have symptoms of this condition, talk to a specialist. Men get hypothyroidism less than women, but men need to get treated just the same. Once one has hypothyroidism, it is usually for life so with early diagnosis and treatment it will be safe.