1. What is an Underactive Thyroid?
An underactive thyroid is a condition known as Hypothyroidism and means that your thyroid gland does not produce enough of the thyroxine hormone. The most common symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland are tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches and pains, dry skin, lifeless hair and feeling cold. Treatment is simple by taking a tablet each day to replace the thyroxine that your thyroid gland isn’t producing.
Anyone can develop hypothyroidism at any stage in their life, however, statistics show that around 1 in 50 women and around 1 in 1,000 men will develop hypothyroidism and some point in their life. It is more common for adult women to develop hypothyroidism and this risk increases with age.