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Question: My doctor says I have underactive thyroid and need to take medication. It has been this way for 15 years and I have no symptoms of underactive thyroid. I really do not want to take medication, is there another way? Kathleen

Answer: Dear Kathleen,

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism but do not have any symptoms it may be a good idea to be checked again and get a second opinion.

When hypothyroidism is not treated it can result in other problems such as:

- Mental health issues
- Goiter
- Heart problems
- Birth defects in expectant mothers

Hypothyroidism is mostly always treated with medication but your doctor should explain to you all the treatment alternatives available for your exact situation.

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