Understanding Thyroid Disorders
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Understanding Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders are exceptionally common and it is believed that there are upwards of fifteen million sufferers with the complaint in the United States alone. The majority of these do not know that they have the problem.

Testing for thyroid disorders is easy and only requires the patient to submit to a simple blood test. The thyroid is not normally checked as part of a routine examination. The check is only performed if the patient specifically requests it or there is a specific reason to suspect that there could be a thyroid disorder.

The bulk of patients who suffer from thyroid problems are female. Some studies imply that women are roughly 8 times more likely to experience thyroid problems than men.

Thyroid malfunctions usually occur because the immune system stops functioning correctly. Around about ten percent of women begin to show signs that they might have some form of thyroid defect by the age of fifty. Because the symptoms are 'nonspecific' the problem is very often wrongly diagnosed or alternatively it might be overlooked entirely.

In several cases people suffering from thyroid problems are diagnosed as having depression or stress or their illnesses are simply attributed to age.

The body relies heavily on the thyroid gland. The pituitary gland keeps the thyroid in good working order by stimulating it into producing hormone.

The thyroid gland usually malfunctions in one of two ways. It can become underactive which results in it producing insufficient hormone, a condition that is known as hypothyroidism. It can also produce an excessive amount of hormone, a condition known as hyperthyroidism.

If you have an underactive thyroid your metabolism will be slow and if you suffer from an over active thyroid your metabolic rate will be excessively high.

Medications given to anyone with thyroid problems are intended to bring the hormone levels back into acceptable parameters. None of the medications currently prescribed will actually cure a patients thyroid disorders.Most doctors firmly believe that hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism cannot be cured and inform their patients that they ought to resign themselves to taking medication for the rest of their lives.

In the past few years however it has been discovered that what you eat, and don't eat, can have a major affect on your thyroid. Diets formulated explicitly for hypothyroidism sufferers contain foods found to be beneficial to hypothyroidism sufferers whilst omitting foods that have been found to be detrimental to them.

There are a number of hypothyroidism diets for example that not only provide dietary information but also provide specifics about balancing the diet so as to obtain the maximum benefit.

One of the most successful of these diets is called the hypothyroidism revolution diet and treatment process and is well worth taking a look at.


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