Thyroid problem symptoms in men

Updated June 13, 2017

Thyroid disorders include overactivity (hyperthyroidism) and underactivity (hypothyroidism), which can result in an imbalance of hormones in your body. The symptoms of thyroid problems in men depend on the type of problem, any underlying causes and overall health, and are treatable with lifestyle changes and medications. According to the Mayo Clinic and the National Library of Medicine, symptoms of thyroid problems in men include sexual dysfunction and changes in physical appearance.

Mood Changes Due to Thyroid Problems

Mood changes such as forgetfulness, depression, fatigue, irritability and anxiety are symptoms men may experience as a result of thyroid problems.

Physical Appearance Due to Thyroid Problems

Hypothyroidism may cause men to have brittle hair and nails and pale or dry skin and weight gain, while hyperthyroidism can cause excessive sweating and bulging eyes and weight loss despite regular appetite.

Pain Due to Thyroid Problems

Men may experience decreased muscle strength and endurance during exercise as well as head, joint and muscle pain.

Neurological Changes Due to Thyroid Problems

Imbalances of hormones in the brain that result from thyroid problems can lead to neurological changes in men, including decreased mental acuity, increased sensitivity to cold temperatures and a slowdown in reaction time.

Considerations for Men With Thyroid Problems

Thyroid disorders can get worse over time if left untreated, and can cause severe complications to men's health, including infertility and significant weight gain or loss.

Warning for Men With Thyroid Problems

Men with symptoms of advanced thyroid problems such as low blood pressure, decreased breathing and low body temperature should seek urgent medical care, as these effects can be life threatening.

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Jessica Lietz has been writing about health-related topics since 2009. She has several years of experience in genetics research, survey design, analysis and epidemiology, working on both infectious and chronic diseases. Lietz holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.