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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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25 Nisan 2012 Çarşamba

Understanding the Human Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is a gland located at the bottom part of the neck and is wrapped around the windpipe. It is responsible for producing and storing thyroid hormones that regulate body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and the rate of conversion of food into energy.

The thyroid uses iodine, a mineral usually found in iodized salt, to make its hormones. Lack of iodine in the body may lead to thyroid diseases like goiter.

Common Thyroid Diseases

A dysfunctional thyroid gland may lead to some diseases like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease.


Hypothyroidism happens when the body produces too little thyroid hormones. Since thyroid hormones are responsible for the rate of metabolism, a slow metabolism plus weight gain is the most common sign of this disease.

Also, people who suffer from hypothyroidism experiences great amounts of hair loss. Hypothyroidism is easily detected through a blood test. More often than not, treatment for this disease is as easy as taking one pill a day. However, it is still best to consult with a physician.


Hyperthyroidism is the total opposite of hypothyroidism. This disease is due to the over production of thyroid hormones. Some of its symptoms include fatigue, increased bowel movements and weight loss.

Hyperthyroidism may also be easily detected through a blood test. Treatments for hyperthyroidism include anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and surgery to remove some parts of the thyroid gland.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is more commonly known as Hashimoto's disease. This condition is caused by the inflammation of the thyroid gland. Hashimoto's thyroiditis may lead to hypothyroidism if left untreated. This disease is an autoimmune disease which means that the body's immune system unsuitably attacks the thyroid gland therefore causing inflammation.

Symptoms of this disease are almost the same as hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this disease because there are no ways to find out how long will the autoimmune process of the body will continue.

Caring for the Thyroid Gland

As the old saying goes, prevention is always better than cure. What then are the ways to protect the thyroid gland and to keep it healthy?

First thing to do is to have regular levels of iodine in the body. Iodine rich foods include cranberries, organic navy beans, organic strawberries, dairy products, potatoes and iodized salt. Also, some multivitamin supplements with iodine are available in drugstores.

Next, stay away from canned foods which affect the digestive enzymes of the body and may lead to a malfunctioning thyroid.

Lastly, avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation especially during CT scans especially on the head and neck. When dental X-rays need to be performed, make sure you are equipped with a thyroid shield.

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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24 Nisan 2012 Salı

Understanding Hyperthyroidism

The thyroid gland is an important organ in the body which belongs to the endocrine system. It is the gland that takes control of the use of energy in the body, production of proteins, and the rate of metabolism. The thyroid produces what is known as the thyroid hormone. Its functions affect the body's growth and development.

The two leading problems faced by the thyroid are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. An auto immune disease known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease is a disease that can lead to bouts of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. This article will focus on hyperthyroidism and its effects on the body.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid produces too much of the thyroid hormone. As is well known, anything in excess is not good and this situation is no different. This is a condition where the thyroid gland is too active to be good for the body.

An auto immune disease that leads to cases of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease. An overactive thyroid can also be cause by excessive iodine intake. While iodine is needed for the thyroid gland to produce the thyroid hormone, too much iodine can lead to overproduction of the hormone which can lead to hormonal imbalance that is in no way good for the body.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

PalpitationsFatigueWeight changes, specifically weight lossHair falling outFrequent bowel movementsMuscle weaknessFeelings of nervousnessIntolerance to heatLack of sleep or insomnia

An individual experiencing hyperthyroidism has weight loss due to a fast rate of metabolism. This is also why one has more frequent bowel movements. In contrast, people who have hypothyroidism have slow metabolism rates which make them have weight gain and in times, experience constipation.

Increased rate of metabolism makes a person feel more hot that usual. This is why individuals with hyperthyroidism have heat intolerance. Increased metabolism rate also speeds up the heartbeat leading to palpitations that attribute to feelings of nervousness.

Treatments of hyperthyroidism include surgery if the gland is not yet permanently damaged, radioactive iodine intake, and thyroid hormone replacement drugs to neutralize the thyroid hormone levels in the body.

As in all health situations, prevention is always better than cure. To avoid hyperthyroidism, make sure that the body has the proper iodine intake for the right amount of thyroid hormones produced. Avoiding environmental factors like exposure to second-hand smoke and too much iodine in the diet can lessen the risks of hyperthyroidism as well.

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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