What is Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid disease occur when the thyroid produces too little or too much hormone. According to the American Thyroid Association, thyroid disease affects about 20 million Americans. It can affect people of all different ages and races, however, women are five to eight times more likely than men to develop it. Up to 60 percent of people with thyroid disease are unaware they have it. 

Signs you may have thyroid disorder

·       Unexplained weight changes

·       Joint and muscle pain

·       Family history

·       Bowel problems

·       Depression

·       Fatigue

·       Swelling in the neck

·       Abnormal menstrual cycles and fertility problems

·       Hair and skin changes

·       Cholesterol problems

Prevent thyroid disorder:

·       Get enough iodine (essential for the normal production of thyroid hormones)

·       Limit soy intake (Soy isoflavones can suppress thyroid function if you eat too much)

·       Avoid thyroid supplements

·       Beware of radiation (may cause thyroid cancer)

·       Don’t smoke

Treatment for hyperthyroidism may include:

·       Radioactive iodide treatment

·       Anti-thyroid medication

·       Surgery