I have decided to bring to your attention a subject that had a very good rate of interest lately: thyroid disease.
It’s an illness that has plagued many of my close relatives and friends. If you know someone that is battling this disease, then you know how important is to track it as fast as possible.
In case you are not familiar with it, I will tell you why it is imperative for you to pay close attention to this article.
The American Thyroid Association has presented us with statistics about the impact of Thyroid Disease:
- Approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
- Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
- Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
- Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
- Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
- One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
- More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
Although this ailment is a life-long condition, with the proper medical attention it can be managed very well. Also, the majority of thyroid cancers respond very well to treatment and only a small percentage are aggressive.
The Thyroid Gland
Therefore, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism. Thus, if it stops working properly, your body will spiral out of control.
The thyroid gland is located in the middle of your lower neck and although is relatively small, the hormones it produces have a great influence on every cell, tissue, and organs in your body.
In cases when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones (medically termed hypothyroidism) you may experience:
- Weight gain
When the reverse is happening, as in your gland is producing more thyroid hormone than is needed (condition called hyperthyroidism) then your symptoms can include:
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Vision problems
- Eye irritation
Another type of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease, but that is a genetic autoimmune disorder that is estimated to affect one percent of the population.
Furthermore, if you observe that the area on your neck, under your chin appears larger. This could be a sign of thyroid (goiter), which means that your thyroid glands are larger than normal.
What you need to keep in mind is to always get regular checkups, because you can prevent and treat a lot of illnesses far easier at their beginning than after they’ve taken over your body.
Your health is in your hands, take great care of it and listen to your body!