Mental Health Issues:The symptoms of hypothyroidism can take a mental toll if left untreated. Mild hypothyroidism can cause mild forms of depression. But without treatment, the symptoms of hypothyroidism will increase. This can directly affect your mental state, and your depression may intensify as a result.Moreover, untreated hypothyroidism has been associated with a gradual decrease in mental functioning.
Myxedema: Myxedema is the medical term for extreme hypothyroidism when the disorder has progressed for a long time with no treatment. Myxedema is very rare because it’s highly unlikely that you wouldn’t recognize the symptoms and seek treatment.This form of hypothyroidism is life threatening. Myxedema can eventually slow metabolism to the point where you would fall into a coma. If you experience symptoms of myxedema, such as extreme fatigue or cold intolerance, seek medical treatment immediately.
The key to preventing the complications of hypothyroidism is to understand the disorder’s symptoms and seek proper medical care. Hypothyroidism is manageable with the right treatment—it doesn’t have to interfere with your everyday life.
Heart Problems: Hypothyroidism even in its mildest forms can affect the health of your heart. An underactive thyroid can increase your risk of developing heart disease because it increases levels of “bad” cholesterol. Too much bad cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, which can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Hypothyroidism can also result in the buildup of fluid around the heart, a pericardial effusion, which may make it harder for the heart to pump blood.