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What you should know About Thyroid?

Thyroid Problem

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 secretes too much hormone, hyperthyroidism results, too little hormone results is hypothyroidism. Thyroid problems can cause many recurring illnesses and fatigue. The thyroid can be affected by poor diet, fluoride in the water, excessive consumption of too many fats, endurance exercise, pesticides residues on fruits and vegetables, radiation from X-rays, alcohol and drugs.

Measuring levels of different hormones in the blood can determine if the thyroid gland is working properly. A Doctor can order a blood test to measure levels of thyroid hormone or thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and in turn helps regulate thyroid hormone production. Most Endocrinologists believe that TSH level rise when a person is in the earliest stages of thyroid failure.

An iodine absorption test may also be performed. This test involves ingesting a small amount of radioactive iodine. An X-ray then shows how much of the iodine was absorbed by the thyroid. A low uptake of the iodine may indicate hypothyroidism. To test yourself for an under active thyroid, keep a thermometer by your bed at night. When you awaken 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 degree Fahrenheit or lower may indicate an under active thyroid. Keep a temperature log for 5 days. If your readings are consistently low, consult your Doctor.

Because sugar intolerance, menopause and depression can cause many of the same symptoms of thyroid disorders, a simple thyroid test should be considered to rule out any errors in diagnosis. The presence of too much thyroid hormone in the system can cause a condition known as thyroid storm. The heart rate increases rapidly and, in exceptionally severe cases, a heart attack can occur. Recent evidence indicates that an under active thyroid may put you at an increased risk of heart attack even if your thyroid is only slightly under active.

A condition called Hashimoto Disease is believed to be the most common cause of under active thyroid. It is a common cause of goiter in adult, a swelling of the thyroid gland, among adults, and it can occur in association with other disorders such as pernicious anemia, lupus, yeast infection and rheumatoid arthritis.

Lithium, a trace mineral used as a drug to treat manic-depressive disorder, can sometimes cause thyroid malfunction. Eat this food in moderation: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, spinach and turnips. If you have severe symptoms, omit these foods entirely. They may further suppress thyroid functions. Do not take sulfa drugs or antihistamines unless specifically directed to do so by a Doctor.

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