A Tale of Two Thyroids: What’s Really Going On When the Thyroid Stops Working?

An estimated 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, according The American Thyroid Association (ATA).  The thyroid gland is located in the center of the lower neck area, and while it is a small organ, it is responsible for regulating hormone levels in every single cell, and vital organ in the body.

While some types of thyroid disorders are strongly linked to heredity, the environment and chemicals (including pesticides and food preservatives) are also correlated strongly in medical studies. Women are more likely than men to develop the condition; recent research has stated that 1 in every 8 women are likely to experience thyroid dysfunction.  Approximately 12% of Americans have, or are estimated to develop the condition, but a startling 60% of Americans may not even know they have a thyroid problem.  The symptoms can be subtle and difficult to diagnose, unless test results are requested to confirm or rule out the condition in patient care settings.

When it is not working correctly (hypo or hyper thyroidism) the symptoms can include:

  • Persistent fatigue and low energy
  • Mood variances (including depression and increased anxiety)
  • Problems with mental focus and memory
  • Weight gain (or in some cases unexplained weight loss)
  • Weakness of the muscles
  • Sleep disruption
  • Visual impairment

Did you know that some clinical studies have demonstrated that taking up to 200 micrograms per day of Selenium, have been shown to improve functioning?  I talk about nutritional approaches (under doctor supervision), that can help individuals with Hashimoto’s or other impairments, manage and in some cases improve their condition.  There are many pharmaceutical therapies and prescriptions that are used to treat the condition of thyroid impairment, but the least commonly prescribed by physicians are nutritional therapy, in spite of many clinical studies that demonstrate that diet and nutrients can can help manage symptoms, and in some cases improve healthy functioning of the thyroid.

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