Who Has Thyroid Disease?
estimated 13 million Americans have thyroid disorders, but more than half
still remain undiagnosed. Approximately 1 out of every 8 women will
develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. By age 60, as many as 17
percent of women will have and underactive thyroid.
What Are The Genetic Links In Thyroid Disease?
percent of thyroid disease patients' offspring will inherit the thyroid
disease gene. Fifteen to 20 percent of diabetics and their siblings or
parents are at a greater risk of presenting with thyroid disease compared
to 4.5 percent of the general population.
Thyroid Gland: The Body's Regulator
gland is the small, butterfly-shaped gland found just below the Adam's
apple. It is central to the proper functioning of the body, regulating its
metabolism and organ function. The thyroid produces hormones that
influence essentially every organ, tissue and cell in the body. In short, if
the thyroid doesn't work properly, neither do you.
untreated, thyroid disease can cause elevated cholesterol levels,
osteoporosis, infertility, depression and, in extreme cases, coma or
Six out of every 100 miscarriages
can be attributed to thyroid deficiency during pregnancy.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Thyroid Disease?
-Irregular menstrual periods
-Dry, coarse skin and hair
-Hoarse voice, vision problems.
-Intolerance to cold
more about these and other hormonal disorders, contact Lubna Ahmad, M.D,
The Endocrine Clinic, at 1780 Cascade Valley Court, Suite 150, Las Vegas,
NV 89128. Telephone (702) 228-5000.
trained at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is Board
Certified in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes. She specializes in
hormone disorders of men and women.