February 07, 2022
The thyroid is a gland located in the front of the throat; this gland is responsible for producing thyroid hormones, which provide energy to the body, regulate metabolism, among other important health functions. However, when this gland does not produce enough hormones, it can have a negative impact on our body. This condition is known as hypothyroidism and on this occasion, Dr. Jesús Rocca, an endocrinologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, give us more information on the subject.
Main risk factors
Among the most important risk factors are:
The symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary depending on the severity in which it occurs, these may include:
The treatment consists of replacing the hormone that the thyroid gland no longer produces by means of Levothyroxine (T4), a thyroid hormone equal to that produced by the thyroid. In 90% of cases the treatment is for life.
If the patient suffering from hypothyroidism is not properly treated by a specialist, their discomfort will increase affecting their quality of life, notably increasing cardiovascular risk.
Dr. Jesús Rocca
Endocrinologist de la Clínica Ricardo Palma