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A person who has hypothyroidism suffers from an underactive thyroid, meaning that it doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. This can cause the body to work inefficiently because it lacks some of the necessary components. There are different causes of hypothyroidism, ranging from diet to disease. For each case, there is a range of available treatments. Keep reading below to find out ten causes and symptoms of hypothyroidism.

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1. Genetic Defects

In some cases, hypothyroidism may be caused by genetic problems, leading to irregularities in hormone production. There are a variety of genes that control thyroid function, and when something goes wrong with them, hypothyroidism may occur. Luckily, if genetics are to blame, then the exact cause can be pinpointed at birth or during the early stages of life. Hypothyroidism can manifest itself in different ways, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. One of the most frequent signs of hypothyroidism is fatigue, which can be persistent and highly troublesome. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for fatigue.

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