By Bill Kray
Who has increased risk for thyroid disorders?
Most people give their thyroid gland little thought. Amongst all the education taking place during Thyroid Health Awareness Month, it may be shrugged off as an issue for a limited segment of society. Even if that's true, are you certain that you are not included in the niche? This article includes a list of 17 factors that warrant an examination by an endocrinologist (hormone doctor).
Women face a greater risk of developing thyroid disease than men. Being 50 and older increases the risk of thyroid disease for both men and women along with the following additional factors.
- Personal history
- Family history
- Graves' disease
- Thyroid surgery
- Radioactive iodine treatment (RAI)
- Pregnancy/postpartum period
- Cigarette smoking
- Iodine exposure/intake
- Iodine deficiency
- Medications and treatments
- Goitrogenic foods
- Soy foods
- Radiation exposure
- Major stress
- Medical tests involving radiographic contrast agents/contrast dye
- Surgical antiseptic exposure
Certain foods eaten raw and in large quantities naturally contain goitrogenic chemicals, causing hypothyroidism in some people. Foods that are high in goitrogens include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, radishes, cauliflower, African cassava, millet, and kale. (Note: Those with underlying thyroid antibodies and a tendency toward autoimmunity appear to be at more risk.)
Soy is considered a goitrogen, and some studies have shown that soy may trigger or contribute to hypothyroidism, and interferes with thyroid medication absorption. Other research is conflicting, however, and there is no consensus. Many experts recommend that people with autoimmune thyroid disease or goiter who have not had their thyroid surgically removed avoid overconsuming soy products, and in particular, concentrated and processed forms of soy such as those found in pills and powders.
More Reasons To Clear Your Throat
By "clear you throat" I mean get your throat cleared (checked out) by an otolaryngologists. Here are 10 signs or symptoms that you may have a thyroid problem.
- Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal Tunnel/Tendonitis Problems
- Neck Discomfort/Enlargement
- Hair/Skin Changes
- Bowel Problems
- Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems.
- Family History
- Cholesterol Issues
- Depression and Anxiety
- Weight Changes
Are you at risk? This month is good time to get cleared. Start by visiting your primary physician to report any problems or factors that may concern you.