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Are You One of the Six Out of Ten People?

Jan 01, 2019 08:30AM ● By Jason Huddle

Are You One of the Six Out of Ten People?

More than 12 percent of the world’s population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime, and 60 percent of all persons with a thyroid condition are not aware.*

The thyroid gland is relatively small, (but) it produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue and organ in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs working as they should.*

I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition in my early 20s. Throughout college, I had so many unusual symptoms that would land me in the doctor’s office, but no one could pinpoint what was going on.  

The reality is that an abnormal thyroid function can show itself from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, but there is no rational explanation. It can be easy to second-guess all of your symptoms because none of them seem to be related.

It was only after a referral to a gastroenterologist that I realized there was a real issue, and all of the symptoms I was experiencing were common symptoms (collectively) of a thyroid problem. For a complete list, visit www.thyroid.org.

Left untreated, thyroid diseases can place people at risk for serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and infertility.*

Simply put, the thyroid condition can have a complex range of symptoms, but it can be determined through a simple blood test at your yearly checkup.

Once I was diagnosed and went through steps to remedy the thyroid condition, I manage it easily through medication and regular blood tests.

Don’t let a thyroid condition prevent you from feeling at your best. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist today about more information.

*All educational material and statistics found at www.thyroid.org (The American Thyroid Association).

By: Amanda Buck

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