A dangerous disease, 60% of carriers of which do not even know about its presence
Many of us are worried about life-threatening illnesses. Cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes are becoming more serious, especially with age. Writes about it Money Talks News.
But we often lose sight of one, usually less life-threatening, but a serious ailment is a thyroid disease, which, according to the University of Michigan, is more common than heart disease or diabetes. In fact, up to 60% of Americans with thyroid disease (almost 12 million people) do not realize that they are ill.
The category with a higher risk of developing thyroid disease includes women, people over 60 years of age, as well as with an autoimmune disease or a family history of thyroid disease.
The thyroid gland is a small gland found in the lower part of the neck. She is sometimes described as a butterfly. This gland is important because it secretes hormones that affect almost every organ in your body.
When something goes wrong with the thyroid gland, it can interfere with the regulation of metabolic processes in the body and control of body temperature.
And a lot can go wrong with this gland. In some cases, your body releases too many thyroid hormones. This condition, known as hyperthyroidism, accelerates the body's processes, which leads to symptoms such as:
- nervousness or anxiety;
- increased sweating and heart rate;
- problems with sleep;
- weight loss;
- frequent bowel movements.
On the contrary, sometimes the body secretes too little thyroid hormone, a condition called hypothyroidism slows down the processes in the body. Symptoms may include:
- intolerance to cold;
- dry skin;
- mood swings and depression;
The only sure way to know if you have a thyroid disorder is to see your doctor and have a blood test to measure your thyroid hormone levels. If the results show a failure, additional testing may be required to find the cause of the problem.
The good news is that, according to the University of Michigan, most thyroid diseases are easily treatable. Medications can often fix the ailment. In some cases, hyperthyroidism may require treatment with radioactive iodine or even surgery.
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