Archives for Thyroid

Useful News in Endocrinology: Things that Are Harmful to Your Thyroid Gland

Things that Are Harmful to Your Thyroid Gland CT Scans and Contrast Die First, a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine (1) reveals that imaging studies which use Iodide as a contrast agent in CT scans and cardiac catheterizations increase the risk of over active thyroid (hyperthyroidism) by two to 2.5 times. The risk of severe low thyroid states (severe hypothyroidism) in increased 3-fold. Doctors and patients should take these risks into consideration when ordering these tests, as these tests use anywhere between 90 to several hundred-thousand times the recommended daily dose of iodine (150 micrograms). What to
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How do you know when your thyroid function is low? Why is it important to know?

High Rate of Thyroid Dysfunction in Non-ill According to a very large study, the NHANES study (see reference below), conducted over 10 years, there is “a high rate of thyroid dysfunction in the general “non-ill” population (5.9%)*. Thyroid Dysfunction and Affective Disorders There is an increased rate of thyroid dysfunction in those with affective disorders (40%)** Additionally the mean TSH , in the healthy adult U.S. population is 1.4 units. Because the commonly cited reference range at most laboratories is very wide (about 0.5 to 4.5), there is considerable debate about whether this normal reference range is too wide. Endocrinologists’
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Scrub the Soap to Save Your Thyroid?

There are over 900 ‘new to nature’ chemicals in our environments, in our blood, and many are even in the blood of unborn children. Now, following the heightened concern regarding bisphenol A (in clear plastics, such as baby bottles), the FDA is beginning to set its sights on Triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial preservative used in “76% of liquid soaps and 29% of bar soaps”. Aside from soaps, triclosan is also used in toothpastes, cosmetics, shoes, socks, workout clothes, and many personal care products. Triclosan has been detected in the urine of 75% of Americans, 60% of US streams, and
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The Effects of Thyroid Function and Mental Health

A recent study known as the Colorado Thyroid Disease Prevalence Study, found that 13 million Americans may have undiagnosed thyroid conditions, and suggested that more widespread thyroid testing is needed. Among their findings are the fact that 9.9 percent of the population had a thyroid abnormality that had gone unrecognized. An underactive thyroid — hypothyroidism — affects more women than men, and the risk increases with age for both men and women. Clearly, there is a need for more widespread thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) testing and more aggressive treatment, especially for subclinical patients. Additionally, another study, called the NHANES study,
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