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Hypothyroidism- OPHRA has it- you might have it too


It is estimated that one in eight women will develop a thyroid condition at some point in her life. Thyroid problems can cause many recurring illness and fatigue. The thyroid can be affected by poor diet, fluoride in the water, excessive consumption of unsaturated fats, pesticides residues on fruits and vegetables, alcohol, drugs and radiation from x-rays.

The thyroid gland is the body's internal thermostat, regulating the temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses
energy. If the thyroid excretes too much hormone, hyperthyroidism results and if too little hormones it is called hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is caused by an underproduction of thyroid hormone. The most common symptoms are fatigue, intolerance to cold, weight gain, loss of appetite, slow
heart rate, painful menstruation, hair loss (including eye-brows), depression, migraine, respiratory infections, difficulty concentrating, goiter, and drooping, swollen eyes.

Recent evidence indicates that an under active thyroid may put you at an increased risk of heart attack-even if your thyroid is slightly under active. A condition called Hashimoto Disease is believe to be the most common cause of under active thyroid. In this disorder, the body in effect becomes allergic to thyroid hormone. It
then produces antibodies against it's own thyroid tissues. Hashimoto disease is the common cause of goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland, among adults and it can occur in association with other disorders such as lupus, yeast infection, rheumatoid arthritis and pernicious anemia.

Because sugar intolerance, menopause and depression can cause many of the same symptoms of thyroid disorders, a simple test should be considered to rule out any error in diagnosis.

Here's a self test for thyroid for an under active thyroid:

Keep a thermometer by your bed at night. When you wake up in the morning, place the thermometer under your arm and hold it there for 15 minutes.

Keep still and quiet.

Any motion can upset your temperature reading. A temperature of 97.6"F, I don't know now the equivalent in the Philippines as I think it's centigrade. The normal temp in the Philippines I think is 37 degrees and here in States is 98.6F.

If the temp. is 97.6"F or lower may indicate an under active thyroid. Keep a temperature log for five days. if your readings are consistently low, consult
your Doctor.

The conventional treatment for Hashomoto disease is usually a prescription of a thyroid hormone that must be taken for the duration of one's lifetime.

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