Thyroid Treatment 101: Thyroid Hormone
- Levothyroxine, a common thyroid supplement, is currently the second most filled drug in the USA.
- Majority of thyroid disease is in women.
- Hypothyroidism, is 7 to 8 times more frequent in women than in men.
- 1 percent of the population need thyroid supplements.
- 5 to 10 percent are subclinical and probably have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
- TSH levels determines whether you have a thyroid disorder.
- 1/2 percent of Americans suffer from hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid gland produces too much hormones.
- Thyroid cancer, which is usually treatable, is on the rise.
- 54,000 adults diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2018.
- 1 percent of individuals in the U.S. will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in their lifetimes.
- Iodine deficiency, which hasn’t been a problem in the U.S. for about a century.
- One important group has become more iodine deficient here in the last 10 years: pregnant women.
- Women should be taking a daily supplement containing 150 micrograms of iodine to make sure they’re getting what they need while pregnant.
- Some prenatal vitamins have iodine, but some don’t.
- iodine deficiency is associated with lower IQ in fetal development.