An estimated 20 million Americans have a thyroid disorder or disease according to the American Thyroid Association. What’s more scary is that up to 60 percent of people don’t know they have a thyroid disorder. Undiagnosed thyroid disease can put you at risk for cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications and many other medical conditions. Join our February 7 class to learn more about thyroid health.

February 7, 2016 Class

Thyroid Health – Amy Hoffman, MS, APGCNP-BC

Call 262-522-8640 to Register

One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder sometime during her life. In fact, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. While most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions, they can be managed with medical attention. That’s why understanding how to recognize the silent symptoms is important.

The thyroid gland, located in the middle of your lower neck, is small in size. But, it plays a major role in hormone production. Your thyroid gland produces a hormone that affects every organ and tissue in your body. Thyroid disorder symptoms can mimic other diseases. Multiple symptoms take a toll on you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms (thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormone)

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory issues
  • Weight gain

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms (thyroid gland produces too much hormone)

  • Irritability
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Vision problems and eye irritation
  • Weight loss

Note: Graves’ disease, a type of hyperthyroidism, is a genetic autoimmune disease. It’s estimated that this affects one percent of the U.S. population.

Thyroid disorders are often misdiagnosed, which leaves many patients with debilitating symptoms. Traditional testing often relies solely on the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test alone. TSH testing doesn’t show the entire picture, so a person with a thyroid disorder can have results in the normal range.

A complete thyroid blood panel, investigation into the patient’s medical history and a thorough physical exam are vital in diagnosing “hidden” thyroid disorders. If you are exhibiting thyroid disorder symptoms, don’t suffer in silence. Call Serenity Health Care to schedule a thyroid exam.

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