What types of thyroid conditions can cause weight gain and hair loss?

And is there anyway to check it without going to the doctor. I imagine there isn’t, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to ask.

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  • Hi, Witty. There are two primary kinds of thyroid disease relevant to weight gain and hair loss, hyperthyroidism, (overactive), and hypothyroidism, (underactive). Both conditions are mostly found in women and are a major cause of hair loss.

    Hyperthyroidism is a condition that overly produces thyroid hormone by an enlarged thyroid gland, which diffuses hair loss. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is called Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition resulting in over producing thyroid hormone by an enlarged gland. Women between their twenties and thirties are mostly infected with hyperthyroidism.

    Hypothyroidism is a condition that doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto’s disease, antibodies that attacks the thyroid causing destruction towards the thyroid hormone production.

    Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism are weight gain or loss, excessive perspiring, fatigue, leg swelling, emotional changes and oily skin.

    Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, depression, the swelling of eyelids, hands and feet, muscle aches and dry skin.

    Studies have shown that millions of Americans have been affected with a thyroid disease. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are autoimmune thyroid diseases, and if you have one autoimmune disease you can easily increase the risk of attracting another autoimmune disease.

    It’s nothing to fool around with, so I would bite the bullet and get checked out by a doctor.

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  • Hyperthyroidism most common symptom is fatigue, but some people might have trouble concentrating or remembering things. They may also have more physical symptoms like dry skin, hair loss or heavy menstrual periods.