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Understanding TSH Levels

TSH levels are used to determine thyroid function. This test is considered the ”gold” standard test for diagnosing thyroid disease. The problem I have run into with my healthcare professionals is this: The only test they will run is TSH. Then the only treatment option offered is a synthentic T4 hormone. Regardless of the cause of the high TSH, their only…

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Are Missed Periods Due to Your Thyroid

Missed Periods

Missed periods may seem like a great thing to have happen but, the truth is you are either pregnant or “or something else is amiss.”  Thyroid imbalance will have an impact on your menstrual cycle as well as interactions with other organ systems that maintain normal body functions.  Since, your thyroid controls all your body functions, too high or too low thyroid…

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Thyroid Cancer That’s No Longer Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer that is no longer cancer. How does that work? It seems that this type of cancer tumor does not advance unless it has been damaged. There has been a lot of talk about these tumors lately due to the many complications that come with thyroid removal surgery and the poor quality of life for patients…

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Thyroid Medication and Hillary Clinton

Thyroid Medication

Thyroid medication is in the news but you would not expect the news to be connected to the political campaign. I had read an article online by Dr. Drew about a month ago criticizing Hillary’s doctor for having her on an obsolete thyroid medication instead of the more modern medication Synthroid. When I ran across this story, I wondered why Dr.…

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Thyroid Function: Can it be Life or Death

Thyroid Disfunction

Thyroid disfunction is a problem for many people, mostly women. If your thyroid produces too few hormones you will be hypothyroid and in severe, prolonged cases, low thyroid hormones can cause a myxedema coma. This condition is mostly diagnosed in elderly women, so if thyroid disease runs in the family or if they are already being treated for low thyroid, be aware of…

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Thyroid Function and Diabetes Risk

Thyroid Function

Your thyroid function and your risk of developing diabetes are believed to be connected. Low thyroid function is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and with the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes, according to the results of a recent study. Future studies still need to look at how treating subclinical hypothyroidism…

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Nutrients Important for Your Thyroid

Nutrients are important for your thyroid, but do you know which ones will benefit you the most. If you are trying to improve your thyroid function, you most likely have looked at adding supplements to your diet. And that is where the confusion begins. Dietary supplement quality is questioned by  traditional doctors for being unreliable or even…

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Thyroid Research Update

Thyroid Research

Thyroid research and thyroid testing reports have been in the news lately. New research upholds the belief that thyroid disease and breast cancer are linked. Scientists and physicians now believe that the common link may be contributed to by an iodine deficiency. It has been found that breast cancer patients have levels that are unusually high of…

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Thyroid Surgery: Surgeons’ Experience Matters

Thyroid Surgery

When facing thyroid surgery, the more experience your surgeon has can mean you will have fewer complications during and after the procedure. A new study suggests if you need your thyroid gland removed, choosing a surgeon who performs more than 25 thyroid removals a year might minimize your risks. While the researchers only found an association, the risk…

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Children’s Hyperthyroidism

Childred's Hyperthyroidism

  Children’s hyperthyroidism is not a very common disease, with Graves Disease being the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. The course of neonatal Graves disease is self-limiting, the prognosis is considerably worse than that in older children. As a result of their disease, patients are prone to prematurity, airway obstruction, and heart failure. The mortality rate…

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