Report: Hypothyroid disease more common in women
Weight, reproduction impacted in severe cases
- Duration 3:55
- Date Feb 24, 2013
Weight, reproduction impacted in severe cases
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These new studies in new information on a form of thyroid disease that affects millions of Americans women are particularly at risk.
It's hypo thyroid -- And when it's severe you can have weight gain even reduce.
Woman's chances of becoming pregnant said doctor -- women and men who love them wanna take care that's what we do.
What we have Jamie at least ten million people in the United States with.
Type -- -- is a more low thyroid it's probably a lot more than that in 10% of women have this at least.
And it's something you worry about when you're pregnant and as you get older the chances increase.
The number one cause of this is something called Hashimoto -- -- meaning that the gland gets inflamed.
You're making antibodies to it.
Year old body targets your thyroid gland which is a by the way a butterfly going -- right here for the parliament -- -- -- myself.
That's where there's.
That's what it is and and what your body targets it and starts to make antibodies to it and it doesn't function as well now how do you know if you have it.
Well I tell people the number one symptom I'm on the lookout for his fatigue when people are tired.
When they're depressed.
When they aren't feeling like themselves when they're losing energy when their hair is falling out when their skin when they don't tolerate cold as well when they get constipated.
Those are -- routine symptoms of low thyroid and just how common those are.
That's one of the main things I see which is why I screen everyone -- comes into my office for thyroid.
It's a serious -- and -- panel.
-- -- on an annual exam if you get fired if it changes as you get older -- goes back to what we just talked about if you make it standard that means that we're going to order a lot of this test.
And then someone is gonna say why did you order that is so I think you have to first.
He examined the patient and then get the test later rather than the other way around look how do you fix it.
Well at first we need to diagnose it and I think you know the best tennis is really to get UT three test which is active thyroid.
Followed by -- four I don't see you need to get -- TSA which thyroid stimulating hormone positive three things that you need to ask.
-- -- it is extremely important a lot of people who emailed me and wanted this topic.
Because of obesity.
More so than anything else of course you're gonna have dry skin and hair loss but a lot of people out there are fifty.
They're just basically gaining weight without eating anything and they're applauding and -- just gaining this -- Check your thyroid.
One of the things that's really important is the thyroid is you cannot think of it as a vacuum it's connected somehow to adrenal -- If you're under a lot of stress your corners a level is going to be up.
And a quarter result won't prevent your fiery conversion.
That's very important -- you believe in replacing it are their prescription but also natural methods these -- is exactly what those held -- held at the outset let him somebody was very important because so -- -- -- -- one of the things that would convert -- for -- -- three.
Who stub your thyroid if you have to take -- and obviously that's medication.
The other thing for people on the East Coast of US.
Melatonin which -- is always high during the wintertime because we don't get enough sun.
Also brings down your thyroid so -- so one of those lights sit in front of them for about half an hour.
Don't -- so we have Cyrus almost been like that right -- it's natural lot of people who don't take more prescriptions.
Two point tournament first of all would actually just test this -- women for sure and every woman.
Thyroid stimulating hormone that's the brain struggling over time to get the -- to work now in terms of replacing it when your low.
I just really believe that for low thyroid since the replacement is very very safe and since the results are dramatic.
I wouldn't use herbal treatments for this if you really clinically low and you can show went on a blood test I would use the -- place just one other point I know we're running out of time but one of the things that -- which was very important is.
Your doctor may say that your thyroid hormones are normal but -- could be a -- normal not optimal enough so you may have to have a conversation and boosted.
Toward the higher normally that's another that's tied to metabolism and in -- way that you sent -- to penetrate when it's really important great advice.