Twelve percent of people have some sort of thyroid disease. That’s 1 out of every 8. Of those, sixty percent don’t know that they have it. All things considered, that means you have a 1 in 14 chance of having some type of thyroid disease you’re not aware of.
So what is the thyroid and why is it causing so many people problems (even problems, it seems, that they’re not aware of)? The thyroid gland is a hormone in the neck that controls how quickly the body uses energy. Simply put, the more thyroid you have working, the more energy you will burn up. Thyroid problems can come on both sides of the coin.
- Hyperthyroid: When you have a super active thyroid, you’ll burn up a lot of energy, will find yourself often restless, and may experience hot flashes.
- Hypothyroid: A thyroid which is performing at low levels can leave you feeling fatigued, overly cold, and suffering from lack of focus.
In the video below, WellnessFX Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi talks about the importance of having a healthy thyroid.
WellnessFX Baseline tests for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which is released by a small gland at the base of the brain. It basically does just what the name implies and is a useful feedback mechanism. When the thyroid is too active (hyperthyroid), less TSH is released and blood levels will be low. When the thyroid is not active enough (hypothyroid), more TSH is released and levels will be high. Testing for TSH levels will ensure that even if you are part of the 12% who has a thyroid problem, you won’t be apart of the 60% who don’t know about it.