Your Health

@nanette64 (16656)
Fairfield, Texas
August 3, 2016 10:49am CST
A lot of people don't realize just what the Thyroid does for the body and the effects of it not working correctly. @HazySue and myself are just two dealing with the issue. 23% of Americans have Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's Disease) or Hyperthyroidism. The Thyroid Gland regulates not only hormone levels but also the heart rate, temperature and weight levels along with several other chemicals to the body. Even though women are moreso affected, men also can have this problem and it's a good idea to have your TSH (T3 and T4) levels checked. The Thyroid can produce not enough or too much TSH to the point that the Thyroid will actually die; which can cause serious medical issues. There are however medications that can be taken to replace the missing TSH. So at your next doctor's visit, make sure they do a TSH level test as 30% of people don't even know their levels are incorrect.
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@Susan2015 (19985)
• United States
7 Aug 16
Every year, I always mention to my doctor to make sure that's included as part of the blood tests.
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@LadyDuck (141184)
• Switzerland
3 Aug 16
I never took the test, but I have no signs of thyroid problems.
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@nanette64 (16656)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Aug 16
I didn't think I had it either @LadyDuck until I had a full blood work-up done.
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@LadyDuck (141184)
• Switzerland
4 Aug 16
@nanette64 As I feel very well I would never take medicines because they all have side effects.
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@nanette64 (16656)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Aug 16
@LadyDuck I wouldn't have found out if it wasn't for my yearly exam. It's amazing how you can go from being fine to all of a sudden there being a problem.
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@jaboUK (52605)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug 16
So what does TSH stand for? I don't have any problems as far as I know, and I'm sorry that you do.
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@jaboUK (52605)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug 16
@massey Thank you.
@nanette64 (16656)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Aug 16
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) @jaboUK . I hate taking meds for anything but I know if I didn't take it for the thyroid, it can cause coma.
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@Corbin5 (95810)
• United States
3 Aug 16
My sister and Dad have thyroid issues, but my brother and I do not. I was tested, so all is well for now with my thyroid. It is odd that my brother and I look like twins, blonde-haired and more. Our sister looks just like Dad with that black hair of hers and similar facial features.
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@Corbin5 (95810)
• United States
4 Aug 16
@nanette64 I bet that is the reason for your thyroid troubles. You are one very strong and brave lady Sister!!!
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@hostessman (8477)
• Tucson, Arizona
3 Aug 16
@nanette64 some very good advise, my one daughter has had thyroid problems for years..
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@nanette64 (16656)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Aug 16
Ya never know when something like that will come up @hostessman . And you know what? I think it's caused by all the chemicals in our foods. It's throwing off what the thyroid should be doing but the chemicals we ingest are killing it.
@Tampa_girl7 (24126)
• United States
11 Aug 16
Thanks for the good information.
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@DianneN (71089)
• United States
8 Aug 16
You are right. I had mine tested and am ok.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
4 Aug 16
@nanette64 excellent advise. I avoided getting my TSH checked, well, blood tests of any kind. Now I am going to be in the hospital getting my thyroid removed because of the neglect.
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• Philippines
4 Aug 16
I am aware that health is truly an important part of our lives if we want to truly be happy. One of my relatives had such problem with her Thyroid. The good thing is that she is open-minded that when my Uncle offered her a food supplement, she willingly took it. After three months of taking this, against doctor's advice, the problem has been gone and since them she was happy as ever before. Thanks for the doctor but many of them are closed-minded about alternative medicine. You might want also to try the superior supplements that can be of help.
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@skysnap (17652)
3 Aug 16
Yeah some people in my family suffered from it. and they are now doing good so far. but side effect with thyroid is now diabetes and few other things.
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@amadeo (58345)
• United States
3 Aug 16
I am very aware of all of this.For many years had the test etc.
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@just4him (106347)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Aug 16
My grandson had thyroid cancer when he was 10. He's on medication for the rest of his life.