As a senior, you would certainly want to enjoy your golden years ahead and also look back on the good times lived in the past. However, as you age, your thyroid may slow down leading to hypothyroidism, a common hormonal disorder among the elderly.
Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are quite similar to ageing, such as muscle aches and joint pain, difficulty concentrating and also exhaustion. So, it is not a surprise when seniors dismiss the symptoms as part of ageing, causing them to suffer unnecessarily.
A simple blood test will reveal whether you have hypothyroidism but don’t worry if you are diagnosed. Treatment is simple and painless and it may not be long before you feel well again.
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