The thyroid gland is located in the lower neck, above the breastbone on either side of the windpipe. Its function is to provide the body with thyroid hormones, chemicals that are essential for the normal function of each cell organ in the body.
Thyroid pathology is very common. One in five people will develop a thyroid lump which needs medical attention. More than 20 million people in the US have an overactive or underactive thyroid, but half of them do not even know they have the disease. Even among those who know they have a thyroid condition, many are taking either too much or too little medication.
Thyroid problems manifest themselves as abnormalities of function or structure. Structure abnormalities consist of goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland), and nodules or lumps. To rule out cancer, a thyroid fine needle aspiration is required (biopsy).
Function abnormalities comprise an overactive or an underactive thyroid. Both cause a variety of symptoms involving virtually every organ of the body, hence the difficulty in diagnosing the thyroid condition.
Thyroidology, the science of the thyroid, has undergone rapid development in the last years. For example, subclinical over- and underactive thyroid has been recently associated with bone loss, high cholesterol, heart problems, etc. Previously normal TSH levels are now under scrutiny.
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Topic: Bio identical hormone replacement therapy myth and reality
In the last few years, clinics offering alternative, anti-aging and Bio identical Hormone replacement therapy have mushroomed in the country.
It is important to remember that Bio identical does NOT mean HUMAN identical.
Hormone replacement therapy in the absence of a true hormone deficiency can be detrimental to your health and should not be used for treatment of fatigue, anti-aging, depression, increased potency, or muscle mass.
For example diagnoses as "Adrenal fatigue" or "Wilson temperature Syndrome" are not diagnoses accepted by conventional medicine. Adrenal failure is a serious disease and should be properly managed, adrenal fatigue DOES NOT exist.
Other examples of Myths are the HCG weight loss diet and the anti-aging "fountain of youth" hormones like Growth Hormone. Neither one of them has any scientific data to support their use and both The American College of endocrinology and the Endocrine Society have positions papers against their use.