<p>If you have hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), your <a href="/health/thyroid-gland/function-of-thyroid-gland">thyroid gland</a> is not producing enough of the various hormones that keep your body in good working order. Low thyroid slows your <a href="/health/thyroid-gland/how-does-thyroid-affect-metabolism">metabolism,</a> so you're likely to feel tired, gain weight and feel unusually sensitive to cold. Being a woman over 60, having an <a href="/health/immune-lymphatic-system-disorders/what-is-an-autoimmune-disease">autoimmune disease</a> and being pregnant are some factors that can put you at risk.</p>
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Is hypothyroidism serious?
<p>Yes, hypothyroidism is a serious chronic illness. It must be treated with medication every day for life. However, symptoms generally respond well to treatment and come under control. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can result in a dangerous complication known as myxedema. This causes the body's functions to slow down to the point of being life threatening. If this occurs, emergency treatment is required.</p>
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