Did you know that January is Thyroid Awareness Month?
This annual effort by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is intended to raise awareness about thyroid disease, a disorder that affects over 30 million Americans. Adding to its impact is the fact that an estimated 50% of the people who have thyroid disease don’t know that they have it.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck. This small gland is essential for the proper working of the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys and affects almost every cell and organ in your body. The thyroid depends on iodine to function properly. This iodine is supplied by the food you eat, especially iodized table salt, seafood, bread, and milk. The thyroid extracts the iodine from your bloodstream and uses it to make two hormones: thyroxine and triiodothyronine.
Thyroid hormones are secreted into your bloodstream as needed. If your thyroid produces too much of either hormone it can cause the body’s systems to speed up (hyperthyroidism); too little causes the body’s systems to slow down (hypothyroidism).
According to WebMD: “If hypothyroidism is not treated, it can raise your cholesterol levels and make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. People of any age can get hypothyroidism, but older adults are more likely to get it. You are more likely to get the disease if it runs in your family.”
Thyroid disease is more prevalent than heart disease or diabetes. A malfunctioning thyroid can cause a multitude of symptoms including rapid heartbeat, anxiety, depression, dry skin and nails, lack of energy and weight gain or loss. Because of the diversity of symptoms, it’s easy to see how thyroid disease can be misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed altogether.
CareSync customers have a definite advantage when it comes to diagnosing thyroid or any other health related problems. CareSync users are able to track their symptoms and provide their doctors with information from all the healthcare providers they see. Tasks and reminders are added to the CareSync record; keeping users on track to schedule tests or refill prescriptions.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has a wealth of resources to help you learn about, and manage, your thyroid health:
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