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Hypothyroidism, also called “underactive thyroid,” is a condition, more common with women and those over 50, in which the thyroid does not produce and release the appropriate amounts of thyroid hormones. This is typically caused by a condition called thyroiditis in which the thyroid gland’s cells are damaged due to inflammation. Many different things can cause that initial inflammation:
Hormones are some of the most powerful agents in the human body, controlling and/or effecting metabolism, cellular restoration, immune responses, reproductive function, hunger sensations, sexual response, puberty, growth, mood, and more. They’re integral to our overall function, and as such, it is imperative that our hormones are in balance and that all of the systems that produce these agents work properly. In some cases, however, people develop conditions that require the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy:
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