January: Thyroid Awareness Month


If you go to the website from which I cut and pasted this information, you can obtain free information on the thyroid, a very important gland. Thyroid disease seems to affect women more than men.  Here’s a definition from the Internet www.medterms.com:

Thyroid gland: A gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop.

The thyroid gland is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adams’s, wrapped around the trachea (windpipe). It has the shape of a butterfly: two wings (lobes) attached to one another by a middle part.



Affects at least 30 million Americans — some experts say 59 million!

Is easily — and frequently — misdiagnosed as depression

Is at least 7 times more likely to affect women

Can be the actual cause of weight gain/difficulty losing weight, fatigue, depression, hair loss, and high cholesterol in some people

Is most often due to autoimmune disease

In women, can cause infertility, low sex drive, miscarriage, irregular menstrual periods, breastfeeding problems, and difficult menopause

Is NOT typically tested for as part of regular blood work in an annual physical

Is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, or insufficiently/incorrectly treated by physicians


Thyroid Awareness Month Campaign 
Check Your Neck: Change Your Life

A campaign by advocate Mary Shomon

Some health experts estimate that upwards of 60 million Americans are suffering from thyroid disease — but because thyroid problems can be tricky to recognize and diagnose for patients and doctors — the majority of sufferers are not even diagnosed yet. In the past year, one of America’s most famous celebrities, Oprah Winfrey, even went public about her own thyroid problem and resulting 40-pound weight gain.

According to patient advocate Mary Shomon, “Millions of people have an undiagnosed thyroid problem, and don’t realize that it is the source of the other health challenges they face. Obesity, depression, fatigue, high cholesterol, infertility, low sex drive, and many other conditions are often the direct result of undiagnosed and untreated thyroid conditions.”

To help these undiagnosed thyroid sufferers finally get the help they need, Shomon, the New York Times best-selling author of The Thyroid Diet and popular patient-directed books, web sites, and thyroid newsletters, has put together “Check Your Neck: Change Your Life,” along with a free downloadable ebook — all designed to help educate and empower people around the world with thyroid conditions.

The free ebook, titled The Thyroid Awareness Month Guide to Thyroid Disease, is available at the campaign’s website, http://www.thyroidawarenessmonth.com.



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