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Longstanding, untreated hypothyroidism can cause pernicious anemia and,to some degree, iron deficiency anemia. If you are hypothyroid and untreated (that is the key--untreated), the hypothyroidism slows down all your bodily processes and *can* possibly cause you to have a problem with B12 absorption and absorption of iron.

Having anemia does not cause hypothyroidism. Howeve, having anemia *may* cause you to have trouble converting T4 to T3 if you are taking synthetic thyroid hormone.

As you can see, I've used the words "may" and "can" because it doesn't always happen--only a possibility. Also, the thing to remember is that most of the time, these things happen when a person either doesn't know they have hypothyroidsism and they aren't being treated. This sets you up for all sorts of problems. Many people think that once they are given a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, despite getting treatment for it with Synthroid or the other brands, that they still are going to get complications. They won't. Not if they are taking their thyroid medication and their TSH levels are in the normal ranges.

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