Thyroid is our butterfly shaped gland that sits above the collar bone. This small gland is a powerhouse and fuels our metabolism and each cell of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning. Therefore when you suffer from low thyroid levels- Things seem to slow down- Tired, Bloated, Dry Skin, cannot shed that extra weight etc. Three Thyroid myths –
1) Myth: Thyroid disease is easy to treat and nothing to give s serious thought to.
Fact:For some fortunate ones, thyroid disease is easily remedied with thyroid hormone. But for many individuals, such negligence often leads to re-occurrence of the disease &/or some of the symptoms of the disease. One must get their thyroid checkup every 6 months to ensure everything is right.
2) Myth: You can use iodine instead of thyroid medication because it’s safer and more natural.
Fact: Iodine can make hypothyroidism (as well as hyperthyroidism) worse and must NOT be taken as a supplement or as a self-medication without first discussing it with your doctor and the specialist dietician. Though, the amount of iodine in salt or a multi-vitamin is low enough that it’s safe to take.
3) Myth: Patients/ Individuals on thyroid medicines need cortisol to support the thyroid.
Fact: A miniscule percentage of people with autoimmune thyroid disease have Addison’s disease or other reasons for adrenal insufficiency and need cortisol prior to starting thyroid medicines. Individuals with symptoms of adrenal insufficiency (weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, abdominal pain) must be evaluated by an endocrinologist. Those without these symptoms can safely take thyroid medicine as prescribed by their doctor/ medical practitioner without taking cortisol.
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