How Does Stress Affect Hypothyroidism?

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Diana Kelly

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Reduce Stress

Stress is a part of your daily life; whether you’re trying to get to work on time or a family member calls with a personal crisis, it’s inevitable. But it’s not always such a bad thing. You need a little bit of stress so your body and mind react correctly when you’re in a life-threatening situation, like a near-miss incident while driving.

The problem is when stress gets so out of control that it affects your health. If you had an underlying thyroid condition, stress could cause it to turn into a full-blown health problem, like hypothyroidism. Anyone can get hypothyroidism, although it’s more common in women older than 50, and you’re more likely to have mildly underactive glands instead of full-blown hypothyroidism.

For some people, hypothyroidism runs in the family. And your loved ones can help you through difficult times with the disease.

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