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Thyroid Disease

If you have been struggling with symptoms of high cholesterol, weight gain, fatigue, depression, and constipation, it may be problems with your thyroid gland. Or maybe you have been experiencing anxiety, increased blood pressure, rapid heart beats, bouts of diarrhea and weight loss, these symptoms may also be problems with your thyroid gland. How can such radically different set of symptoms all be linked to my thyroid gland?

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped organ located in your neck around your “Adam’s apple”. This organ is responsible for setting the central metabolism for your entire body. So when it’s underperforming, you will experience a slowing down of your metabolism, commonly referred as Hypothyroidism. When it’s overworking, it is called Hyperthyroidism. You may be one of the 13 million Americans experiencing symptoms described above and yet not be diagnosed with a thyroid disease.

Thyroid disease affects women 6-8 times more often than men under the age of 50. Once 50 years old, both men and women experience a higher risk of thyroid disease. As metabolism slows down, the body begins to experience problems with weight problems, bone loss, heart conditions, and memory loss. A simple blood test of thyroid hormones may hold some of the answers to why you many be experiencing these wide range of symptoms. During your physical exam, ask your doctor to feel your thyroid gland for any tenderness, painful nodules, or enlargement.

Some families carry a genetic link to autoimmune diseases that affect the thyroid gland called either Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Graves Disease. Additional blood tests can determine if you have inherited one of these diseases. All who are diagnosed with the autoimmune thyroid diseases are prescribed medication to be taken daily. For those diagnosed with Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid disease, diet, exercise and supplements can greatly improve one’s health picture along with some medication.

If you have Hypothyroidism, some foods to avoid include raw goitrogen foods like soy, cabbage, and broccoli – to name a few. If you have Hyperthyroidism, you want to avoid iodine foods like shellfish, table salt, and seaweed products.

Summary
If you suffer from a thyroid disease, it is important to understand your disease and all your treatment options. Becoming a well-informed patient is the best method for offsetting more serious health problems in the future.

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