January is Thyroid Awareness Month

January 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Did you know that more Americans suffer from thyroid disease than all types of cancers combined? Show your support for Thyroid Awareness Month in January by wearing a blue paisley ribbon. The blue paisley ribbon design was selected because it resembles the cross section of thyroid follicles, which are tiny spheres that make up the thyroid gland.

Thyroid Top Ten Facts

  1. About 30 million Americans are affected by thyroid disorders. Half of those affected by thyroid disorders remain undiagnosed.
  2. It is more common for women to have thyroid disorders than men.
  3. Thyroid disorders usually run in families.
  4. Those with an under or overactive thyroid conditions have the same common complaint that they suffer from fatigue.
  5. TSH testing is the most useful test for thyroid screening.
  6. Regular check-ups are necessary to successfully manage a malfunctioning thyroid gland.
  7. Changing formulations and dosage of medications that affect thyroid hormone levels should be followed by retesting.
  8. Do not change your dose of thyroid medication without guidance from your physician.
  9. Thyroid conditions in pregnancy warrant close attention.
  10. Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in America and one of the most curable.

Source: http://www.empoweryourhealth.org/thyroid-top-ten

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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