January 16, 2010

January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

This is a cause that is very important to me as my youngest daughter suffers from Hypothyroidism.

The Thyroid is a large butterfly shaped Endocrine Gland. It is located in the neck above the collarbone. This gland produces thyroid hormone and affects nearly all of the bodies tissue. It's role is to help control metabolism and growth.

There are several conditions that can affect the thyroid. Cancer, Goiters, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Solitary Thyroid Nodules, and Thyroiditis. Depending on the disease the thyroid may become enlarged, produce too much or too little hormone, produce lumps or nodes, or become cancerous. When the thyroid is not functioning properly a person may experience weight gain or weight loss and may feel depressed and have a lack of energy.


swelling in the thyroid gland, which can lead to a swelling of the neck or larynx. The most common cause for goiter is iodine deficiency. Goiter may be related to hyper and hypothyroidism.


Overactive tissue within the thyroid gland, resulting in overproduction and thus an excess of circulating free thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), or both. One symptom can be a marked loss of weight.


Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. About 5 percent of the U.S. population has hypothyroidism. Women are much more likely than men to develop hypothyroidism. Symptoms may include depression, lack of energy, and weight gain.

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  1. Such a great cause to raise awareness of. I myself suffer from hypothyroidism and have been taking thyroxine for 8 years, but before it was diognosed whooaa!!! I thought I was dying, seriously.

    Glad to see you promoting great zazzle designs too! Just started doing that myself.

  2. My youngest daughter is also taking medication for Hypothyroidism. Sadly it is not working for her as well as expected. The doctors have raised the strength several times. I hope and pray for a cure.

  3. i have hypothyoidism and i say it is hard to take the medication everyday i hope they find a cure for this