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29 Nisan 2012 Pazar

Understanding Underactive Thyroid Hormone

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Thyroid problems affect over 20 million Americans with approximately two million more having this condition and not know it yet. Under active thyroid can affect anyone, but women tend to have a greater risk for this illness. It also affects people with rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, vitiligo as well as others.

There are two types of thyroid conditions that occur due to thyroid gland abnormality, overactive thyroid known as hyperthyroidism, or an under active thyroid, or hypothyroidism. Any thyroid abnormality can wreak havoc on a patient's way of life, so it helps to understand the thyroid and its dysfunctions so we can do something about it if you suspect you have a condition.

Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) occurs when the thyroid lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Patients with hypothyroidism may notice symptoms of weight gain, depression, fatigue, heart palpitations, insomnia, concentration difficulties, and muscle joint pains, menstrual problems such as frequent and painful periods and in some cases infertility. With this condition having so many common symptoms that occur for any number of diseases, it tend to be undiagnosed for a long time.

To determine if someone has an under active thyroid hormone, or hypothyroidism, their medical provider might suggest doing lab work to determine whether the patient has an elevated level of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) which occur when the pituitary gland continues creating hormone to get the thyroid stimulated. A physician may also request an A1C Test as well because often people with thyroid problems often have diabetes symptoms as well. In fact, some health care providers suggest that TSH levels must be check at least every five years to determine if there are any signs of hypothyroidism for diabetic patients, since diabetic patients may have difficulty with their blood glucose level compounded with other hypothyroidism symptoms and complicate the condition further.

In instances where a patient may suffer from both hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes they may have to receive thyroid replacement medication to help the thyroid function normal. Without any treatment, a person who has both conditions will have more severe symptoms and could result in death.

People who suffer from hypothyroidism often have many associated symptoms and should seek medical advice from their physician to rule out under active glands. If you, or someone you know shows some of the signs or symptoms listed in this article, have them tested by a medical professional as soon as possible. Once you know what you are dealing with, you will learn what you need to do to fix it.

Dr. Jonathan Berns, D.C. helps people everyday in the Tampa, Florida area overcome the very misunderstood and often mistreated conditions caused from dysfunctional thyroids. Visit Tampa Thyroid Program at Integrative Physical Medicine of Tampa to learn more about thyroid management.

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24 Nisan 2012 Salı

Thyroid Hormone Replacement

The thyroid is the gland responsible for taking control of the body's metabolism, protein production, and other processes related to growth and development. The hormone, produced by this gland is an important hormone that the body needs to grow and properly develop.

Iodine and Its Role in the Body

To produce the hormone, the thyroid needs iodine. However, iodine is a trace element and the body cannot produce it on its own. Having a sufficient amount of iodine in the body is essential for the production of the thyroid hormone. Lack of iodine in the body can cause problems that specifically affect the thyroid gland.

There are two leading problems experienced by the thyroid; hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. These conditions lead to over production or an underactive thyroid gland respectively. Symptoms vary but some include weight loss or weight gain depending on the condition, feeling stressed, hair falling out, diarrhea, and problems with the bowel.

Another problem that directly affects the thyroid gland is Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease. It is a form of auto immune disease where the body registers the thyroid gland as a foreign body and attacks to destroy it. In severe cases, the thyroid cells are destroyed and the gland can no longer produce the thyroid hormone.

When this occurs, a person may suffer from symptoms of hypothyroidism with some instances of hypothyroidism. The irregularity of thyroid hormone production is not good but when the thyroid is destroyed, it is permanent.

What is Thyroid Hormone Replacement?

The good thing is that hormone replacement is available for individuals who need help with thyroid issues. Some conditions of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can last for long periods of time and during this period, it is best to consult a doctor to see if hormone replacement is an option that an individual can have.

Hormone replacement therapy is done when an individual has permanent or long term need of thyroid hormones that the gland is failing to produce. Hormone replacement is done by using synthetic hormones similar to the thyroid hormone of the body. The synthetic hormone will then make up for the low or overproduction of hormones from the malfunctioning thyroid gland.

When a person's thyroid is not functioning normally, a blood workup can be done to determine whether that person will need thyroid hormone replacement therapy, especially is the hormones are already too high or too low.

Consulting a doctor to determine the proper dosage of replacement for thyroid hormones is advised for people who have been suffering from thyroid problems for a long time already.

Dr. Marc Ott, D.C. opened what is today Integrative Physical Medicine of Orlando, where he has been making changes in peoples lives by helping them overcome and in many cases reverse thyroid dysfunction.

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23 Nisan 2012 Pazartesi

The Importance of Iodine in Thyroid Hormone Production

The most common thyroid problems arise from either overproduction or under-production of the thyroid gland. These most common thyroid problems are both directly related to iodine as it plays a very important role in thyroid hormone production.

Hyperthyroidism is also known as an overactive thyroid disease where there is production of too much thyroid hormone. This can happen as a result of taking too much iodine, whether in diet or drug intake. An example of which drug is amiodarone, which is commonly used to treat persons with irregular heartbeats.

Hypothyroidism is also known as under-active thyroid disease where there is under-production of thyroid hormones. This can happen as a result of iodine deficiency.

Iodine plays a very important role in thyroid hormone production. It is one of the essential minerals needed by the thyroid gland for production of thyroid hormones. The right amount of iodine is, therefore, needed for optimal thyroid function..

Severe iodine deficiency is known to cause hypothyroidism, developmental brain disorders, and severe goiter. A less severe iron deficiency is known to be linked to both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and thyroid enlargements. From this, we can see the utmost importance of just the right amount of iodine in our system..

Studies showed that a daily intake of 150 micrograms of iodine a day is needed for optimal thyroid function. The two thyroid hormones namely thyroxine and triiodothyronine are dependent on iodine, as well as, the amino acid tyrosine..

How to Avoid Iodine Deficiency

Iodine sufficiency is usually a result of not having enough iodine in one's diet. Our body cannot make iodine. We have to rely on external means of getting it into our system. Iodine is naturally present in the soil but since most soils today are also iodine deficient, we have to opt for the iodized table salts to get our daily supply.

Iodine is also naturally present in seawater. It is also present in some foods but since iodine amount is not listed in food packaging, here are some of the foods that are rich in iodine:

Dairy productsSeafood especially shellfishMeatBreadsEggsMultivitamin containing iodineYogurt/Frozen yogurt/Ice creamSeaweedSoy milk/Soy sauce

Persons with known thyroid problems should always consult a physician first before taking any iodine supplement or medication. Any kind of iodine supplementation should be maintained at a safe level to prevent any adverse and opposite effects that could potentially make problems even worse.

Dr. Gerry Hinley, D.C. believes Chiropractic's philosophy that teaches a person could heal from within, without drugs, surgery or their harmful side effects. He opened Integrative Physical Medicine of Chicago, where he has been making changes in peoples lives by helping them overcome and in many cases reverse thyroid dysfunction.

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