Danna Bowman, Founder
Today Is World Thyroid Day
World Thyroid Day may not mean much to some people but it means a lot to millions around the world. It is a day of recognition and validation. It is a also a day of frustration and aggravation. Those who know what it is and suffer with it daily will stop and look back on their difficult journey. Those that don’t, might, some day soon, unfortunately. World Thyroid Day is a day devoted to raising awareness, promoting prevention, educating about diagnosis and treatment and teaching the public about the importance of the thyroid gland, autoimmune and related diseases can only improve lives and overall thyroid patient care.
Thyroid Disease Affects
Your thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck that makes thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone controls many activities in your body, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Diseases of the thyroid cause it to make either too much or too little of the hormone. Depending on how much or how little hormone your thyroid makes, you may often feel restless or tired, or you may lose or gain weight. Women are more likely than men to have thyroid diseases, especially right after pregnancy and after menopause.
According to the ATA:
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
- An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
- Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
- Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
- One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
- Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
- The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
- Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
- Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
- Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.
With all of that in mind and tons of misinformation floating around, I wanted to give you some ideas and places to go to help spread the word. Thyroid disease is becoming an epidemic…a silent epidemic maybe. Below are some of my favorite articles and tidbits. Please share!
Think about thyroid hormone as the gasoline that makes the car go. If there’s no gas, there’s no way to move forward.
When Your Coworker, Employee or Boss Has Thyroid Disease – Mary Shomon
Someone you work with has thyroid disease. You may not know much about thyroid problems, but I imagine, like many of us, you’ve heard things here and there. If anything, you may associate the thyroid with symptoms like weight problems, or think it’s an excuse people use for being overweight. Or, you may have someone among your family or friends who is taking thyroid medication — usually Synthroid — and they seem to be doing fine, and don’t have what you think are signs of thyroid disease, so you assume thyroid disease is similar for most patients. There are many dimensions to thyroid disease, and while the whole picture is far greater than I can cover in a letter, I’ll do my best to give you a brief overview of what your colleague is facing….
Additionally, Thyroid Cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers there are. Researchers believe that part of the reason for the increase is that new, highly sensitive diagnostic tests are leading to increased detection. Environmental toxins, in all forms, are also to blame including: GMO’s, pesticides, household products and cosmetics. In 2015, an estimated 64,300 adults (14,950 men and 49,350 women) in the United States were diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women. The incidence rates of thyroid cancer in both women and men have been increasing in recent years. It is also estimated that 1,980 deaths (910 men and 1,070 women) from this disease will occur.
These World Thyroid Day articles are just the beginning. All health is connected and EVERY cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. Help us spread the word and create waves of awareness for thyroid disease on World Thyroid Day.
World Thyroid Day – every year on May 25th
About the Author
Danna Bowman is the founder of Thyroid Nation. She developed Hashimoto’s after years of unknowingly suffering with hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances and adrenal fatigue… a real-life roller coaster. Hypothyroidism runs in her family but it was never discussed, unfortunately. Her husband, 2 kids and her, picked up and moved, sight unseen, from Texas to Costa Rica in 2008. She was accurately diagnosed, however, they only offer Levothyroxine or Thyroidectomy as a solution for the disease. After a year of suffering, she turned to the internet and found a doctor in Arizona that would consult with her and prescribe Natural Dessicated Thyroid. After learning and realizing the misinformation and lack of information in Costa Rica and worldwide, she founded the website to help educate others. In 2015, she launched Thyroid Nation RADIO, a weekly thyroid and health, LIVE radio show with her co-host, Tiffany Mladinich. In 2016, together they created a thyroid-friendly, face/body product line of essential oils blends that smell fabulous and are good for you.