The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s metabolism, growth and development. Thyroid problems can occur in both men and women, but symptoms may differ slightly between the sexes. Here we will focus on the symptoms of thyroid problems specific to men.
Top 10 Symptoms of Thyroid Problems in Men
Thyroid problems can cause a variety of symptoms in men. Here are the top 10 symptoms men should pay attention to:
Sudden hair loss : Excessive hair loss can be a sign of thyroid problems in men.
Libido base : Decreased sexual desire may be related to thyroid dysfunction in men.
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Loss of muscle mass and strength.e: Thyroid problems can cause decreased muscle mass and strength in men.
Gynecomastia : Breast enlargement in men, also known as gynecomastia, can be a symptom of thyroid problems.
Erectile dysfunction : Men with thyroid problems may have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.
delayed ejaculation : Delayed ejaculation, characterized by difficulty reaching orgasm and ejaculating, may be associated with thyroid problems in men.
premature ejaculation : Premature ejaculation, which occurs when ejaculation occurs too quickly, may be related to thyroid dysfunction in men.
testicular atrophy : Shrunken testicles can be a sign of thyroid problems in men.
Sterility : Thyroid problems can affect sperm quality and count, causing infertility in men.
Hip and spine fractures : Older men with hyperthyroidism may be more likely to suffer hip and spine fractures.
How thyroid problems affect male hormones
Thyroid problems can upset the hormonal balance in men. Thyroid hormones influence the production of other hormones, including male sex hormones such as testosterone and female sex hormones such as estrogen.
In hyperthyroidism, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels increase, which leads to decreased free testosterone levels and can cause hypogonadism (low testosterone).
In contrast, in hypothyroidism, SHBG levels are reduced, leading to an increase in free testosterone and a possible increase in the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, leading to increased estrogen levels. Both low testosterone and excess estrogen can have similar effects on the male body.
Symptoms common to men and women.
Although thyroid problems affect men less frequently than women, the symptoms can be similar. Symptoms are usually caused by changes in thyroid hormone production, either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Below are some common symptoms of thyroid problems in men and women:
Dry and rough skin
I am cold
It is important to note that these symptoms can vary in intensity and presence from person to person.
The challenge of diagnosing thyroid problems in men
Diagnosing thyroid problems in men can be challenging because symptoms can be attributed to other factors, such as aging or other health problems common in men.
Doctors may tend to attribute symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, and gynecomastia to factors such as obesity, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease, rather than thyroid dysfunction in older men. .
Therefore, it is important for men to talk to their doctor about their symptoms and request specific thyroid function tests if a thyroid problem is suspected.
Treatment of thyroid problems in men.
Treatment of thyroid problems in men will depend on the type of thyroid problem diagnosed, whether hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
For hyperthyroidism, antithyroid medications may be used to reduce thyroid hormone production. In some cases, radioactive thyroid ablation or thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid) may be necessary.
For hypothyroidism, treatment usually involves taking replacement thyroid hormones, such as levothyroxine, to compensate for insufficient thyroid hormone production.
How to deal with thyroid problems in men
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem and are struggling with sexual dysfunction, it is important to be patient. Treating a thyroid problem can significantly improve sexual function, but it can take time.
If you continue to experience problems such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, delayed ejaculation, or premature ejaculation after receiving treatment, it is important to speak with your doctor to explore other factors that could be contributing to these problems.
Your medications may need to be adjusted or other treatments may be needed to resolve these problems. It is important to work closely with your doctor to find the best solution for you.
Although thyroid problems are less common in men than women, it is essential to know the symptoms specific to men. Thyroid problems can affect men’s sexual function, fertility, and overall health.
If you have symptoms of thyroid problems, it is important to see a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. Proper treatment can significantly improve your quality of life and overall well-being.
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