According to the American Thyroid association over 12% or 20 million people suffer from a thyroid condition; many of them unaware that their symptoms are part of a treatable thyroid condition or disease. Because the body is a complex matrix of organs and tissue it makes sense that thyroid conditions are frequently associated with other disorders, conditions, hormonal imbalances
CAUSES OF THYROID
While the exact cause of thyroid conditions is often unknown there are many underlying conditions that are common for patients suffering from thyroid disease.
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Graves’ disease
- Toxic adenomas
- Subacute thyroiditis
- Pituitary gland malfunctions or cancerous growths in the thyroid gland
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Removal of the thyroid gland
- Thyroid nodule
SYMPTOMS OF THYROID
Symptoms of a thyroid disorder are common and easy to accept as a part of aging or attribute to another cause. Frequently when
- Muscle Weakness or Fatigue
- Loss of Focus or Decreased Attention Span
- Dry Skin and other Skin Conditions
- Loss of Circulation or Feeling of Coldness in Extremities
- Unexplained Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
- Cognitive Issues
- Changes in Bowel Function
DIAGNOSIS OF THYROID
Thyroid conditions are routinely misdiagnosed due to the broad spectrum and variety of common symptoms associated with thyroid disorders. Below are some of the tests that can be used to diagnose a thyroid disorder.
- Anti-TPO antibodies
- Thyroid biopsy
- Blood testing for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), T3 and T4 (thyroxine) and Thyroglobulins
- Imaging such as Ultrasound, CT, MRI and PET
While testing for thyroid issues is readily available it is often overlooked in routine diagnosis. In practice, even when test are completed to assert the health of the thyroid, results are consistently misinterpreted leaving the patient without answers.
Diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions generally involves treatment of combined underlying causes to prime the thyroid for optimal function. Treatments for the thyroid itself will generally involve at least one of the followaing:
- Thyroid surgery
- Antithyroid medications
- Radioactive iodine
- External radiation
- Thyroid hormone pills
- Recombinant human TSH
- Nutritional Counseling
Untreated for long periods of time, hypothyroidism can bring on a myxedema coma, a rare but potentially fatal condition that requires immediate hormone treatment.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.