This week is National Thyroid Awareness Week and Accredited Care wants you to understand how important it is to have a healthy thyroid. Thyroid problems affect seniors (those 60+) and women most often; however, anyone can suffer from thyroid health issues.
How a Healthy Thyroid Affects Your Body
Because Accredited Care offers services to fit your specific needs we are able to help you when dealing with thyroid problems. We can provide everything from aftercare if an operation is needed; to helping you maintain daily life tasks when your thyroid is causing symptoms that interfere with everyday life.
This TedEd™ Video explains how the thyroid works
5 Things You Should Know About a Healthy Thyroid
- The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the throat. It regulates the body’s metabolism and is critical to many bodily functions.
- The function of the thyroid is to secrete a hormone referred to as TSH, which is delivered to every tissue in the body via the blood. Read more about thyroid function, TSH levels & testing here.
- The thyroid affects every organ in the body. An unhealthy thyroid can cause life threatening side effects and symptoms.
- Symptoms for thyroid issues are often very subtle. This is why it is important that you have regular checkups with your physician and blood work to determine that you have a healthy thyroid.
- Treatment for thyroid issues can range from surgery to medication; and generally, is highly successful even in cases of thyroid cancer.
Statistics – According to the NIH & The American Thyroid Association
- 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and over has hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
- Women and seniors age 60+ are most likely to experience thyroid problems
- 60% of people who have a thyroid condition do not even know that they have a problem
- Over 12% of Americans will develop an issue with their thyroid in their lifetime
- Most thyroid problems will require a lifetime of treatment (often as simple as medication once the main & basic problem has been treated)
- Grave’s Disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Thyroid Health & The Importance of Thyroid Awareness Week
- Set up a health assessment appointment with your doctor
- Get your blood tested for the proper thyroid TSH levels
- Don’t hesitate to contact Accredited to help you while you’re trying to get your thyroid health under control
- Fatigue is common with any thyroid issues
- Your thyroid affects your entire body; don’t underestimate the importance of a healthy thyroid
- If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the common symptoms of an unhealthy thyroid it’s time to take charge of getting healthy & feeling better again
If you or someone you love is dealing with thyroid issues Accredited is here in any way you need to make your life easier. Remember that a healthy thyroid is an important part to a healthy body and a healthy life.
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