Hyperthyroidism: foods to eat and avoid

(Shannon Johnson/ Medical News Today) — A person’s diet can have an effect on the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Some foods can improve the condition, while others can make symptoms worse or interfere with medications. Hyperthyroidism, a type of thyrotoxicosis, is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Some people refer […]

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Hypothyroidism: when to see an endocrinologist

(Beth W. Orenstein/ Everyday Health) — Most people with hypothyroidism take synthetic thyroid hormone replacement medication to make up for what the body isn’t producing. Usually a primary care doctor can manage this condition, which is common and affects nearly five percent of Americans age 12 and older, according to the National Institute of Diabetes […]

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Women’s Wellness: Pregnancy and thyroid disorders

(Cynthia Weiss/ Mayo Clinic) — It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans take some form of thyroid hormone replacement for thyroid disease. The thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat – controls the metabolism of many of the body’s systems. An underactive thyroid can cause a number of health […]

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Iodine Rx for thyroid raises cancer risk: study

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Patients who receive radioactive iodine treatment for an overactive thyroid have an increased long-term risk of cancer death, new research finds. The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, but “we identified a clear dose-response relationship between this widely used treatment and long-term risk of death from solid cancer, including breast cancer, in the […]

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What is hyperparathyroidism?

(WebMD) — Your body needs calcium from head to toe. But there are times when your body can have so much calcium that it’s not good for you. A condition called hyperparathyroidism can cause such a situation to happen, where your levels of calcium in your blood and tissues are too high. And it has […]

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12 signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism

(Jayne Leonard/ Medical News Today) — Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is when the thyroid gland produces too few hormones. Low levels of thyroid hormones can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms from changes in mental functioning to digestive issues. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in front of the neck. […]

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