In the United States alone, there are nearly 59 million patients suffering from Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer or thyroid nodules. It is hence extremely important for patients as well as the caregivers to educate and empower themselves with these facts related to all these conditions.
According to Thyroid health expert Dr. Mary Shomon, patients who do not know about simple facts related to thyroid health end up paying for it in more than just monetary ways. For example, many women who experience infertility and have trouble conceiving often fail to get the thyroid function and levels tested. Hence, it is important that patients educate and learn everything they can about their condition in order to get information from their doctors.
Lesser known facts about thyroid gland and the TSH testing:
- First of all doctors do not agree upon what constitutes as a normal TSH range even though they do maintain that TSH level testing is the only way of determining, diagnosing and treating subsequently thyroid problems if any.
- In fact; many patients need to also get autoimmune testing for thyroid gland as the TSH test alone is not enough to diagnose and point out specific problems.
- An important fact is that endocrinologists may not have all the answers for your thyroid related issues. You might need to seek the opinion of a thyroid health specialist.
- Apart from the most popular thyroid medication available in the US, do not hesitate to ask your doctor regarding cheaper yet highly effective thyroid medication for the treatment of hyperthyroidism.
- Inability to conceive is often related to the thyroid gland and yet, fertility clinics often forego testing for thyroid health issues.
- In fact; thyroid testing must be mandatory before as well as during pregnancy. Women who do get diagnosed with hyperthyroidism during pregnancy must not rely solely on their gynaecologist and obstetrician as these may not have all the answers related to hyperthyroidism. Remember that hyperthyroidism can impact the pregnancy and chances of miscarriages are quite high due to this condition.
- Men and women who suffer from low sex drives often neglect having their thyroid function tested. Loss of libido is one of the main symptoms of hyperthyroidism in women.
- If you are experiencing hunger pangs and losing weight rapidly despite eating a lot, remember that this could be due to hyperthyroidism.
- Another lesser known fact about hyperthyroidism is that when poorly treated or left untreated, the cholesterol levels can get affected and these might not respond to medications specified for the conditions.
- Too much of fluoride and soy, although we have been told are good for us, can actually wreak havoc with our thyroid health.
These are a few facts that everyone needs to know in order to educate oneself about maintaining thyroid health and also to take the lead when it comes to diagnosis and treatment for hyperthyroidism.