Are you always tired? Do you suffer from depression? Have you been gaining weight? Losing hair? Getting sick more often than usual? Are your hands and feet always cold? You may be one of the seven million-plus American women with a thyroid problem.
By far the most common thyroid disorder is an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, which causes the symptoms above as well as others. Hypothyroidism has numerous effects on a woman's health -- it has been linked to osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and even lung cancer. And if a woman with low thyroid function becomes pregnant, the health of her child is affected as well.
Dr. Williams' Hypothyroid self-test - Here's how you do it:
1. Place an oral thermometer by your bed. Make sure to shake it down to at least 96 degrees.
2. When you wake up the next morning, immediately place the thermometer in your armpit and leave it there for 10 minutes before getting out of bed. Just relax and remain still during the test. (Note: Men and postmenopausal women can do the test any time. Women in their menstrual years get the most accurate readings on the second or third day after menstrual flow starts).
3. Record the temperature.
A reading of anywhere between 97.2 and 98.2 degrees is considered normal; temperatures below 97.2 generally indicate you have a thyroid imbalance
Two main thyroid disorders: Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid. The thyroid hormones regulate (1) metabolism, (2) growth and developement,(3) the activity of the nervous system. An under production of these hormones is a hypothyroid condition, while an overproduction creates a hyperthyroid condition. Two main thyroid disorders:
1 - Hypothyroid / Hypothyroidism / Under Active Thyroid: Hypothyroidism is an under production of thyroid hormone. The two hormones produced by the thyroid controls the body’s temperature, ability to burn calories, and energy usage. It is estimated that hypothyroidism affects over 13 million people in the USA and even more worldwide, 90% of which are women. One in eight women may develop a thyroid condition at some time in their life usually between the ages of 30 and 50. Under production of thyroid hormoneSymptoms: Fatigue, loss of appetite, overweight, painful PMS, muscle weakness, dry and scaly skin, yellow orange coloration in the skin, particularly palms, yellow bumps on the eyelids, hair loss, recurrent infections, constipation, slow speech, myxedema (drooping and swollen eyes), depression. Most frequent symptoms are: intolellerance to cold and fatigue., A conditon called Hashimoto's disease (allergy to thyroid hormone).
2 - Hyperthyroid occurs when tyroid gland produces too much hormone.Speeds up body processes (esp. digestion). Thyroid functions influence pituitary, parathyroid, and sex glands. All may be affected., Results: overactive metabolic state, malabsorbtion of food, increased fat breakdown and cholesterol excretion, increased use of glucose, over stimulation of protein synthesis., Symptoms: Nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, insomnia and fatigue, weakness, hair loss, seperation of the nails, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, and sometimes protuding eyeballs., The condition is sometimes called thyrotoxicosis, or Grave's disease.
Soy Products and Thyroid Disease Scientists have known for years that the isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function and cause goiters in otherwise healthy children and adults. Researchers at Cornell University Medical College said that children who got soy formula were more likely to develop thyroid disease and that twice as many diabetic children had received soy formula in infancy as compared to non-diabetic children. In fact, in other countries such as Switzerland, England, Australia and New Zealand, public health officials recommend highly restricted medically monitored use of soy for babies and for pregnant women. Soy formula is a lifesaver for the 3 to 4 percent of babies allergic to cows milk, but it is so widely advertised that it is sold to 25% of the entire formula market. "By far the worst calls are from women whose children have been fed soy formula. They tell me heartbreaking stories about baby girls who show signs of early maturation, such as underarm odour, breast development, body hair and even menstruation as early as two, three and four years of age! In baby boys, 12 months of soy feeding can lead to gross effects by the age of 11 or 12. Breasts can appear and testicles do not develop.
Thyroid disorder and Fluoride Poisoning
It is only in the last two decades during which endocrinology has progressed so rapidly, that now over 150 symptoms and associations can be identified in hypothyroidism. Almost all (!) correlate with known symptoms of fluoride poisoning. Most of the double-blind test results of fluoride poisoning found in Moolenburgh's study on water containing 1ppm of fluoride - which led to the ban of fluoridation in Holland - are now recognized symptoms of hypothyroidism: fatigue, depression, excess weight, infertility, miscarriage, severe menopause, dry skin, constipation, hair loss.
Many dietary oils can negatively affect thyroid health. We cook with them almost every day and they are plentiful in commercially prepared foods. Expeller-pressed or solvent-extracted oils only became a major part of the American diet in the last century. It is possible they are among the worst offenders when it comes to the thyroid. They are known as vegetable oils or polyunsaturated oils. The most common source of these oils used in commercially prepared foods is the soybean.
Large-scale cultivation of soybeans in the United States began after World War II and quickly increased to 140 billion pounds per year. Most of the crops are produced for animal feed and soy oil for hydrogenated fats such as margarine and shortening. Today, it is nearly impossible to eat at restaurants or buy packaged foods that don’t have soy oil in the ingredients. Often labels simply state “vegetable oil.”
Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones
The term "autoimmune disease" refers to a varied group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. It includes diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes blood, and blood vessel. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar--the body's immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect.
For reasons we do not understand, about 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. Hormones are thought to play a role, because some autoimmune illnesses occur more frequently after menopause, others suddenly improve during pregnancy, with flare-ups occurring after delivery, while still others will get worse during pregnancy.
Autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood and poorly recognized of any category of illnesses. Individual diseases range from the benign to the severe. Symptoms vary widely, notably from one illness to another, but even within the same disease. And because the diseases affect multiple body systems, their symptoms are often misleading, which hinders accurate diagnosis. To help women live longer, healthier lives, a better understanding of these diseases is needed, as well as providing early diagnosis and treatment.
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I agree yes tht Hypothyroid does effect mainly women however it is just as devastating the the men that become unbalanced, I have recently become regulated took me 8 months after Diagnosis 175 mcg of levothyroid my Tsh was 164.64 when first diagnosed on a scale of >040-6.0 my tsh on my last visit was 2.20 what a happy guy that made me,It also states that it can cause Cardiovascular problems which leaves me in a quandary I suffered a Heart Attack on June 16th 2006 could I have been hypothroid then or dids the heart attack cause the Hypothyroidism Food for thought Roy in wisconsin