Thyroid problem in men – 4 facts you need to know
Thyroid disease — be it hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism – is commonly seen in women and is responsible for many health problems like weight gain and hormonal imbalances. But this does not mean that men do not suffer from thyroid imbalance. Although women are at a high risk of thyroid problems, even men can suffer from the condition. According to statistics, men have up to 8 times less chance of developing hypothyroidism than women. Dr Avinash Phadke, President Technology & Mentor (Clinical Pathology), SRL Diagnostics shares interesting facts about thyroid in men.
1. Hypothyroidism is a silent disease that has shown an increasing trend in the recent times. Although the symptoms of hypothyroidism in men are same as that in women like weight gain, weakness, fatigue, high cholesterol and depression, there are few additional symptoms seen in men. These include decreased muscular strength, erectile dysfunction (impotence), low sex drive and hair loss.
2. Just like women, genetics are known to put you at risk for thyroid problems in men. So if you have a history of thyroid disease or autoimmune disease in your family, you might be at a high risk of thyroid disease. Hence, if you experience any symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, do not hesitate to go for a full thyroid panel. Tests like TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO) are advised to check the functioning of the thyroid gland and the presence of an underlying autoimmune condition. Here more on thyroid profiling tests — All you must know.