The combination of weight gain, a sluggish feeling and various other symptoms could be the manifestation of a thyroid disease. A recent article, titled “Weird aches, dry skin, horrible fatigue, puffy face: I had a thyroid problem,” in The Washington Post addressed the indications of this patchwork of symptoms. The article, written by Suzanne Allard Levingston, underlines that the thyroid is a small, but crucial organ in the human body, controlling the metabolism and energy levels for almost each organ system. Levingston reports that hypothyroidism affects about 1 in 20 Americans older than 12 years of age. This article was published on May 23, 2016. To access the article click here.
The incidence of thyroid disease is increasing each year. Thyroid patients, including those with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and thyroid cancer, should get frequent blood tests to make sure their thyroid medication is at the correct dose. Register for the TCC to help you and your care team easily track these results. The TCC also includes videos to educate patients on all aspects of thyroid disease and care. Watch a clip of a relevant education video entitled “Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy: T3 and T4 Hormones” here: