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Sunday, January 9, 2011

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and since thyroid diseases are fairly common, I thought I'd post some information for you.

Below are the descriptions of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism from the American Thyroid Association:

Symptoms of hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include any of the following: feeling run down, slow, depressed, sluggish, cold, tired, having dry skin and hair, constipation, muscle cramps, or weight gain. Women may have a heavier menstrual flow. Some patients have a swelling in the front of the neck due to thyroid enlargement (a goiter).

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism refers to any condition in which the body has too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include weight loss, nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, a racing heart, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, increased bowel movements, fine brittle hair, and muscular weakness—especially in the upper arms and thighs. In Graves’ disease, a bulging of one or both eyes may occur.

For more information on thyroid disease visit the American Thyroid Association FAQ web page at http://www.thyroid.org/patients/faqs.html


There are many kinds of tests that may be used to diagnose thyroid disease. Check out these links for more information on the specific tests:

Thyroid Diseases Tests (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)

Thyroid Function Tests (American Thyroid Association)


Treatment options for thyroid disease include medications and surgery. To learn about these treatments, check out these links:

Thyroid Hormone Treatment (American Thyroid Association)

Thyroid Medications (Food and Drug Administration)

Thyroid Surgery (American Thyroid Association)

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