Harvard Medical School Guide to Overcoming Thyroid Problems by Jeffrey Garber, Sandra White

By Jeffrey Garber, Sandra White

An entire advisor to realizing, treating, and dwelling with thyroid sickness, from Harvard scientific college greater than thirteen million humans within the usa be afflicted by a few type of thyroid disorder, and that quantity is predicted to upward push precipitously because the child boomer new release methods its sixties. Written via an the world over revered authority on thyroid disorder, Dr. Jeffrey R. Garber, The Harvard scientific tuition advisor to Overcoming Thyroid difficulties is an up-to-the minute, authoritative resource of functional info for thyroid sufferers and people who imagine they could have a thyroid challenge. operating from the idea that "being expert is your most sensible cure," Garber: Explains how the thyroid works, what can get it wrong and why, and the way to paintings with a physician to suppose higher and remain fit Dispels universal myths and misconceptions approximately thyroid illness and describes the simplest diagnostic exams and either traditional and substitute therapy techniques Covers the commonest varieties of thyroid ailment intimately, together with Graves' disorder, Hashimoto's ailment, and thyroid melanoma

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Still, many people who are hypothyroid gain weight or find it more difficult to lose weight even though they are eating less. • Slow pulse. You probably will not notice changes in your heart rate unless you take your pulse. Low levels of thyroid hormone can slow your heart rate and may even cause bradycardia, an unusually slow heart rate of fewer than 60 beats per minute. • Weight gain. It is normal for someone who is hypothyroid to gain weight. Even though you may experience a dip in 25 T H E H A R VA R D M E D I C A L S C H O O L G U I D E T O O V E R C O M I N G T H Y R O I D P R O B L E M S • • • • • 26 your appetite, you consume more calories than you metabolize because your body has slowed down and your cells convert less and less of those calories into energy.

Pure synthetic thyroxine, called levothyroxine sodium, works in the same way your own thyroid hormone would work. If your condition is permanent, you must take medication for the rest of your life. Some say that this is a small sacrifice, considering the dramatic improvement they experience once their hormone levels are restored to normal. With just one dose per day, you can basically go on with your life with your disease in check. There is no special diet to follow. There is no need to modify your lifestyle in any way.

But your T4 level is normal. The results mean that you have mild, or “subclinical,” hypothyroidism, a condition that does not meet the diagnostic criteria for overt hypothyroidism but has 33 T H E H A R VA R D M E D I C A L S C H O O L G U I D E T O O V E R C O M I N G T H Y R O I D P R O B L E M S sparked disagreement among physicians about whether to treat such patients with medication. The importance of this question cannot be overestimated because of the large number of people who are diagnosed with subclinical thyroid disease.

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