SOURCE: UltraWellness

March 13, 2008 15:55 ET

Subclinical Hypothyroidism Goes Undiagnosed in Over 22 Million People

Main Symptoms of Subclinical Hypothyroidism, Including Chronic Fatigue, Loss of Concentration and Trouble Losing Weight, Often Go Undiagnosed and Untreated

LENOX, MA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - If you are suffering from vague symptoms that you think are normal parts of life, such as chronic fatigue, feeling sluggish in the morning, and having trouble with your memory or concentration, you could suffer from subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that goes undiagnosed in half of the 45 million people who have it.

"Subclinical hypothyroidism may trigger many low-grade symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, trouble losing weight, mild depression, constipation, and more, yet it causes just slight changes in your blood tests," said Mark Hyman, M.D. of UltraWellness. "In fact, it often only shows up in tests that most conventional medical doctors never perform, leaving most people to accept the symptoms as a normal part of their lives."

While low thyroid function may seem subtle, it can have serious consequences. If your thyroid slows down, every other organ and system in your body slows down, including your brain, heart, gut, and muscles. So a low thyroid doesn't just make you a little tired, it can lead to more serious problems, including heart attacks and diabetes.

"I see this all the time in my medical practice: Patients come in with vague complaints that alone may not seem too significant, but when you put them all together, they tell an important story," said Hyman. "It's critical to understand that your thyroid is not just linked to energy and other symptoms; it controls the function and activity of almost every organ and cell in your body, so it's important to recognize the symptoms and diagnose subclinical hypothyroidism as soon as possible."

There are clear ways to diagnose the problem as well as to treat it, with a comprehensive functional medicine approach that uses the concepts of UltraWellness. To find out if you have any of the chronic symptoms of hypothyroidism or any of the diseases associated with hypothyroidism, visit The UltraWellness Blog (www.ultrawellness.com/blog).

About UltraWellness:

UltraWellness -- lifelong health and vitality -- is based on the emerging field of functional medicine, which addresses health problems not by treating the symptoms, but by balancing the 7 core underlying biological processes that govern health. This is done by finding imbalances, getting rid of the things that cause those imbalances, and providing the necessary things to restore balance, which then allows the body's natural intelligence to facilitate healing and take care of the rest. Co-founder of UltraWellness, Mark Hyman, M.D., is a respected medical consultant, New York Times bestselling author, lecturer, practicing physician and leader in the emerging field of functional medicine.

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