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Low Thyroid Patients are Being Failed
2 Disorders of the thyroid can result in one of two effects:3,4,5 Hypothyroidism -
an underactive thyroid, with inadequate hormone production, and
Hyperthyroidism - an overactive thyroid, with excess hormone production.
The prevalence of thyroid disease varies widely by
geographic region, but many areas have
experienced apparent increases.
6 The reasons for this are uncertain, but are likely due to variations in the
causes of thyroid dysfunction, such as: Inadequate dietary iodine - iodine is
required for the thyroid to work properly, and iodine deficiency is one of the
leading causes of thyroid disease worldwide.
The salt in processed food and salt from "Natural" sources
do not contain iodine, so people who get their salt from
these sources may become deficient, Too much iodine -
getting too much iodine is also toxic to the thyroid, so
people who take supplemental iodine may unknowingly be
harming their thy
8 These include heavy metals, PCBs, brominated flame
retardants, perfluorinates, and a long list of other
chemicals that have found their way into the
environment,8 Gender - thyroid disease is more prevalent
in women,9 Pregnancy - associated with increased risk of
hypothyroidism,8 Medications - m
A significant family history may be a red flag,8 Stress - stress can be a factor in the
development of thyroid disease, mostly through the effects of cortisol, the "Stress
hormone,"10 Age - thyroid disorders increase with increasing age.
In populations with increases in average age, there may
be an increase in thyroid disorders,9 and Increased
testing - apparent increases in thyroid disorders may
simply be due to increases in testing, given that many
individuals with thyroid disorders do not display any
11,12 Although the increase in incidence in thyroid
disorders in some populations is not well understood,
and probably varies significantly in different areas,
one or more of these factors are likely behind local