Thyroid disorders are extremely common in the U.S. — approximately 20 million Americans suffer from some sort of thyroid condition and 60 percent are unaware that they even have one. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition than men. Despite so many people suffering from these conditions, there is … Continue reading The autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet: Does it actually help thyroid conditions?
Women often think about their hormones at three life stages — puberty, pregnancy and menopause. But hormones affect you every day, and arguably none more so than thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Thyroid stimulating hormone, also called metabolic hormone, helps regulate tissue growth and development, blood pressure and how many calories your body needs to function. … Continue reading Having a healthy thyroid is all about hormone balance
One of the most common thyroid disorders — and one that causes a lot of patient anxiety — is the problem of thyroid nodules, says Keith Cryar, MD, Endocrinologist. Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ at the base of your neck right below your voice box (larynx). In some cases, as you age, abnormal … Continue reading Thyroid nodules: A common problem
Your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which regulates your metabolism, growth and temperature. When your thyroid gland malfunctions, you may seem a little off balance. If it makes too little thyroid hormone, you feel sluggish and tired. If it makes too much, you’re shaky and anxious. If your thyroid gland makes way too much thyroid … Continue reading Weathering the perils of thyroid storm
Martha rarely could muster up the energy to exercise. She felt tired all the time, and it seemed she was gaining weight, even though she was eating less, not more, than usual. Her physician checked her thyroid hormone levels. Sure enough, her thyroid gland was underfunctioning in a condition called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the underproduction … Continue reading Lack of energy could be hypothyroidism
Carrie was overjoyed. She was losing weight — and she wasn’t even trying! She had lost two dress sizes in the last six months. Unfortunately — as she found out at her yearly exam — the weight loss was due to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, or T4, says Deepika … Continue reading Hyperthyroidism — Your body in overdrive
Are you a fan of Mad Men? If you’re not familiar with this popular AMC series, it’s a period drama set inside a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 1960’s. If the show is an accurate reflection of that decade, things were drastically different from the world we know today. Apparently, it was perfectly normal … Continue reading The “Mad Men” Attitude About Cancer