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A) What is a thyroid gland?
B) What does my thyroid gland do?
The Thyroid gland makes hormones which are secretes into the blood stream & influences the activity of all the cells and tissues of your body.
C) What can go wrong with my thyroid?
D) Can thyroid disorders be treated?
Yes – your thyroid disorder and many of the symptoms, too, can be treated. Most thyroid disorders are treated with daily medication.
Abnormal hormones are often blamed for loss of scalp hair though, perhaps surprisingly, they are responsible for just a small minority of instances of this distressing symptom. Many different conditions can lead to hair loss; some hair loss is part of normal life. Women after childbirth and at the time of the menopause can lose hair and almost every man will lose some hair by the time of reaching adulthood. Elderly males and females will develop baldness of various degrees, which is largely determined by genetic factors.
B) Hair loss and thyroid disease
C) Hair loss associated with autoimmune thyroid disease.
Most people with hypo- or hyper-thyroidism have autoimmune thyroid disease. If a person has one autoimmune disease he/she is more likely than others to develop some other autoimmune condition.
D) What can I done?
Most cases of scalp and eyebrow hair loss caused by thyroid disorders are temporary, but it may take several months for the medication to stimulate your hair to regrow. Try to be patient as regrowth can be unpredictable, and be aware that new hair may differ in texture and colour.
There are no specific foods or dietary supplements that are helpful in treating thyroid disorders.
To ensure that you remain as healthy as possible it is important to eat the right variety of foods in the correct proportions. For example, choose low fat, low calorie spread rather than butter or ordinary margarines, avoid high salt intake and cut down on hidden fats & sugars (cakes, biscuits, chocolate).
Some calcium rich foods and supplements interfere with levothyroxine absorption. A gap of 4 hours between the two would be adequate to ensure there is no significant impact on blood thyroxine levels.
Soya interferes with thyroxine absorption, therefore if you are taking thyroxine you should try to avoid soya.
we obtain the iodine we need from a normal healthy, balanced diet.
C) Iron Tablets
It is very important to arrange for a consultation with an endocrinologist, if you have a thyroid disorder or you are diagnosed with a thyroid disorder whilst planning for pregnancy or are already pregnant.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone for the body’s needs. It is also known as an under-active thyroid.
B) Common Symptoms
A slowing down of mental and physical processes of the whole body, such as
Levothyroxine tablets (a synthetic version of thyroxine) taken daily.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone for the body’s needs. It is also known as an over-active thyroid.
B) Common Symptoms
A speeding up of mental and physical processes of the whole body, such as
If the cause is Graves’ disease, you may also have thyroid eye disease. Smokers are up to eight times more likely to develop thyroid eye disease than non-smokers.
By a physical examination and Blood Tests.
D) Treatment Options