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Can you live with untreated thyroid?

Yes, it is possible to live with untreated thyroid and many people do, however it is not recommended. Without proper treatment, people with thyroid problems can experience a variety of symptoms (such as fatigue, weight gain or loss, heat or cold intolerance, dry skin, thinning hair, and more) which can have a significant impact on quality of life.

Other long-term complications associated with untreated thyroid can include high cholesterol, an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, slowed metabolism, weakened bones, and difficulties during pregnancy.

Visiting a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and proper testing is a key step in ensuring that thyroid problems are adequately treated and managed. Doing so can help to improve overall health and quality of life.

What happens if thyroid disease is left untreated?

If thyroid disease is left untreated, it can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

The most common consequence of untreated thyroid disease is the progression of the condition from a mild to a more severe form. For example, if hyperthyroidism is left untreated, the symptoms can worsen and cause a toxic state known as thyroid storm, which can lead to complications such as heart failure, stroke, shock, or even death.

Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to a loss of bone density which can increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

Other long-term health risks associated with untreated thyroid disease include an increased risk of heart and nerve damage, eye problems (such as Graves’ ophthalmopathy), mental health issues (such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline), fatigue, and infertility.

Furthermore, certain types of thyroid disease can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, and can worsen existing conditions such as diabetes or addison’s disease.

It’s recommended that anyone who suspects they have a thyroid condition be evaluated by a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.

Can thyroid issues be fatal?

Yes, thyroid issues can be fatal, although it is rare. An overactive or underactive thyroid gland can affect many bodily processes, including the brain, heart, metabolism and other vital organs. If left untreated, an overactive thyroid can lead to a condition called thyrotoxic crisis, which can in turn lead to serious health complications and even death.

An underactive thyroid can also become life-threatening if too much medication is taken and causes the levels of hormones in the blood to drop drastically. It’s important to get regular check-ups to ensure the thyroid is functioning properly, and to follow the advice of a doctor if any issues are identified.