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January 12, 2010

Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

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You’ve been told you’re fine when you know that you’re not. You’re sick, tired and aggravated. What could be wrong? It may be your thyroid. In recognition of Thyroid Awareness Month, I’ll explain how to keep this vital gland in tip-top health…

Have you been given an antidepressant when you’re not depressed? Told your fatigue is due to fibromyalgia? In fact, your tiredness and other symptoms could be caused by thyroid disease. Many doctors misdiagnose it.

Undiagnosed thyroid disease can lead to other major health problems, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. About 21 million American women suffer from thyroid disorders, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Why Your Thyroid’s Important
The small butterfly-shaped gland below your Adams apple – which weighs 25 grams, about as much as a small mouse – secretes hormones that are critical to your body's functioning.

It helps regulate heart rate, breathing and body temperature. It also affects your skin’s appearance, how fast your hair grows and your ability to become pregnant.

The thyroid is like your house circuit breaker. When the switch is on, there’s power. When it’s off, you can fuss with the outlets and lights, but none will work until the main breaker is turned back on.

It’s the same with your thyroid gland: Proper output of the thyroid’s two main hormones, T3 and T4, makes you feel well. When the gland doesn’t function right, your whole body seems to fall apart.

The two main thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism, when the gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, and hyperthyroidism, when it produces too much.

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) include rapid, forceful heartbeats; breathlessness; weight loss; insomnia; nervousness or irritability; increased appetite; sweaty skin; and light or absent periods.

But more people suffer from hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), which causes weight gain, hair loss, depression, heavy menstrual flow, thinning eyebrows, infertility and brittle nails, among other symptoms.

By Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., Lifescript Pharmacist


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