8 Common Hypothyroidism Symptoms in Men

Nov 13, 2018

As a leading provider of health services, CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine aims to provide comprehensive information about various medical conditions, including hypothyroidism. In this article, we will discuss the 8 most common symptoms of hypothyroidism in men and provide valuable insights to help you understand this condition better.

The Importance of Recognizing Hypothyroidism

In men, hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid gland, which affects the production of important hormones that regulate various bodily functions. While hypothyroidism is more commonly associated with women, it can also occur in men, albeit with different symptoms. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism is crucial for early detection and effective management.

1. Fatigue and Low Energy Levels

One of the primary symptoms of hypothyroidism in men is persistent fatigue and low energy levels. Men experiencing hypothyroidism often feel exhausted, even after getting enough sleep. This fatigue can impact daily activities, work performance, and overall quality of life.

2. Weight Gain and Difficulty Losing Weight

Hypothyroidism can lead to unexplained weight gain, especially around the abdomen. Men with an underactive thyroid often struggle to lose weight despite regular exercise and a healthy diet. This occurs due to the thyroid's impact on metabolism and the body's ability to burn calories efficiently.

3. Depression and Mood Changes

Depression and mood changes are common symptoms experienced by men with hypothyroidism. The hormonal imbalances caused by an underactive thyroid can affect neurotransmitter levels, leading to feelings of sadness, irritability, and low motivation.

4. Cognitive Impairment

Hypothyroidism can negatively impact cognitive function and mental clarity. Men with an underactive thyroid may experience difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and slowed thinking. These cognitive impairments can affect job performance, memory, and general cognitive abilities.

5. Decreased Libido and Sexual Function

Reduced libido and sexual dysfunction can be symptoms of hypothyroidism in men. The hormonal imbalances caused by an underactive thyroid can lead to a decrease in sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and other issues related to sexual performance.

6. Dry Skin and Hair Loss

Hypothyroidism can affect the health of the skin and hair. Men with an underactive thyroid may experience dry and itchy skin, as well as brittle and thinning hair. These symptoms can be distressing and impact self-esteem.

7. Sensitivity to Cold

An underactive thyroid can cause men to feel excessively cold, even in normal temperatures. This increased sensitivity to cold may result in constant feelings of being chilled, especially in the extremities.

8. Muscle Weakness and Joint Pain

Hypothyroidism can lead to muscle weakness and joint pain in men. The reduced thyroid hormone levels affect muscle and joint function, causing discomfort, stiffness, and weakness. This can affect daily activities and exercise performance.

Seeking Professional Help

If you suspect you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional. At CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine, our team of experts specializes in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism in men. We offer tailored treatment plans to address your specific needs and help you regain optimal health.


Hypothyroidism is a condition that can significantly impact men's overall well-being and quality of life. Recognizing the 8 common symptoms discussed in this article is crucial for early detection and timely treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to reach out to CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine for professional support and personalized care.

Bradley Bourasa
It's crucial for men to be informed about these symptoms.
Nov 12, 2023
Don Mebius
Valuable information for men's health. Thanks.
Nov 8, 2023
Rob Taylor
Great article! It's important for men to be aware of these common symptoms 👍🏻
Oct 7, 2023
Kevin Creamer
Educational piece. Thank you for sharing this.
Apr 8, 2023
Michael Puhl
Thank you for shedding light on this important topic.
Mar 21, 2023
Michael Sagrillo
👍 This is a helpful guide for men's health.
Mar 10, 2023
Olivier Cuzacq
Insightful and important. Thank you for addressing this.
Jan 13, 2022
Trey Gross
I'll be more mindful of these symptoms now. Good read.
Nov 18, 2021
This article provides valuable insights for men's health. Thank you.
Oct 17, 2021
Jacqueline Lozano
The more awareness, the better. Great article.
Oct 15, 2021
Jeevan Brar
As a man, I find this information valuable. Thank you.
Sep 10, 2021
David Imbert
It's important for men to recognize these signs. Thank you.
Mar 1, 2021
Michael Brau
It's crucial for men to be aware of these symptoms.
Oct 26, 2020
Kevin Kilkelly
Helpful information. Thank you for the awareness.
Aug 24, 2020
Crissy Huffman
I never knew these were common symptoms. Thanks for the education.
Aug 16, 2020
Lucas Lucas
Promoting awareness is key. Thank you for this article.
Jul 2, 2020
Connie Mixon
As a man, I find this article very helpful. Thank you.
May 18, 2020
Robert Merrill
Informative and necessary. Thank you for sharing.
May 11, 2020
Joseph Darby
Taking note of these symptoms. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 8, 2020
Taylor Umphreys
Very informative article. I appreciate the insights.
Nov 12, 2019
Zehra Peker
Thank you for highlighting these important symptoms.
Mar 21, 2019
Iram Weinstein
I appreciate the effort to raise awareness. Thank you.
Jan 4, 2019
Sem Walls
I appreciate the detailed breakdown of these symptoms.
Dec 11, 2018
Dennis Okamura
Great to see this topic being addressed. Thanks.
Nov 17, 2018