"Make some sense out of the madness that thyroid dysfunction can bring"
Welcome to ThyroidMatters
It is estimated that around 1 in 10 Australians suffer with a thyroid condition, and many more remain undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, poorly managed, or inadequately treated. Thousands of Australians suffer with unrelenting fatigue, recurrent infections, constant sore throat, heat or cold intolerance, weight issues, muscle/joint pain and weakness, fluid retention, hair loss, skin conditions, insomnia, migraines and depression, and never consider a malfunctioning thyroid gland as a possible cause of their ill health. Often underlying thyroid disease is overlooked, poorly investigated and inadequately treated, and the signs and symptoms may be mistakenly attributed to depression, stress and anxiety, age, or another condition. More often than not, the symptoms are seen as purely psychosomatic.
The Thyroid Gland
The importance of the thyroid gland to human health has been known by western doctors for many years, and yet it is probably the most overlooked factor in a great many health problems that plague the 20th century. Hypothyroidism, a deficiency of thyroid hormones, has been implicated in the development of heart disease, obesity, depression, chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain, digestive disturbances and skin disorders. Hyperthyroidism, an excess of thyroid hormones, has been associated in the development of atrial fibrillation and cardiac failure, hypertension, muscle and joint degeneration, insomnia, anxiety and depressive disorders, migraines and IBS. A poorly functioning, or erratic thyroid can also be a contributing factor to a number of women’s health problems, such as menstrual cycle irregularities, severe PMS and painful periods, reoccurring infections, infertility and miscarriages, and encourage the development of uterine fibroids , ovarian cysts, and endometriosis. Hypothyroidism can lead to elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, weight gain and abnormally low or high blood pressure, thus further increasing the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The thyroid gland’s role in all aspects of healthy body functioning is paramount and therefore it needs to be taken seriously.
Diet, Nutrition and Exercise
A well balanced diet, adequate nutrition and regular exercise is a must for all human beings. The food we eat, the water we drink and the oxygen we breathe are the key ingredients to sustain life and keep our bodies and minds healthy. These elements become even more important for those who suffer with any chronic health condition, as they can also be the key in helping the body heal itself and restore normal function, and should be a part of any treatment protocol. more