Though it’s common to associate certain thyroid disorders with women, men can also experience issues with their thyroid gland. One such condition is known as hypothyroidism.
What Is Hypothyroidism in Males?
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that causes you to have an underactive thyroid gland.
The thyroid is responsible for the regulation of your metabolism with the help of two important hormones called T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). When your thyroid produces less of these essential hormones, it starts to slow down your body’s energy, which in turn, slows down your metabolism—thus affecting other bodily functions.
Facts About Hypothyroidism in Males
It’s estimated that 20 million Americans are living with some type of thyroid disease, but approximately 60% of them are unaware of their condition (American Thyroid Association).
Men and women can be born with hypothyroidism or develop it at a later age (Cleveland Clinic).
Women are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with a thyroid disorder than men (Cleveland Clinic).
Hypothyroidism can contribute to other men’s health issues, including high cholesterol (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).
Stress can worsen your thyroid condition and symptoms (Northwestern Medicine®)
Hypothyroidism in Males: Symptoms
Unfortunately, thyroid conditions are not preventable, and both men and women will experience similar and different symptoms.
Common symptoms may include, among others:
Increased sensitivity to cold
Elevated blood cholesterol level
Low libido and erectile dysfunction
Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
It’s important to note that, although only 16% of U.S. men are at risk of developing thyroid issues, that number is likely to increase as you age.
Therefore, the sooner you meet with a men’s health expert to evaluate your health, the less chance you have of a condition like hypothyroidism impacting your quality of life.
Hypothyroidism in Males: Diagnosis & Treatment
Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to more significant health conditions like obesity, joint problems, and heart disease. Therefore, it’s essential that you meet with a men’s health expert if you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, or if thyroid issues run in your family.
What To Expect At EveresT Men’s Health
At EveresT Men’s Health, our medical providers will evaluate your symptoms and ask you for a blood test to help us identify whether or not your thyroid is underactive.
It’s important to note here that many of the symptoms we mentioned earlier may also be caused by other health-related conditions, such as low testosterone (Low T). Therefore, it’s important for us to assess the root cause of your symptoms, so we can prescribe the most effective path forward.
If results confirm that you do have hypothyroidism, the next step is working with you to design a proactive treatment plan for your thyroid issue, so you can start feeling re-energized and balanced.
Depending on your health history and needs, the most common treatment for this particular condition is thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Once administered, our team will monitor your symptoms and check for signs of improvement along your journey.
And as your needs change, so will your treatment plan so that it’s always working toward helping you conquer each new day.
Questions about Hypothyroidism?
If you’d like to learn more about this condition, and how EveresT Men’s Health can help you get back on track with optimal health and wellness, contact us today!
To learn about our other men’s health services, including treatment for Low T, ED, or high blood pressure, browse our medical services page for further information!