Why is Thyroid Disease One of the Silent Epidemics of our Time and Why Medication is Not Always Effective?

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The shocking fact is that nearly half of all women and a quarter of all men in the US will die with evidence of an inflamed thyroid. On a global scale, a staggering 200 million people have problems with their thyroid glands. In the US alone, the instance of thyroid disease is running close to epidemic levels, which is equally as worrying as the fact that 60% remains undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.[1] “The prevalence of goiter in areas of severe iodine deficiency can be as high as 80% of the population.”[2]

Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. On record, one woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.

 

Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility. Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.

The medication for treating thyroid disorders is the most prescribed drug in the USA, and the third most prescribed drug in the UK.  In the USA, the number of prescriptions for levothyroxine marketed as Synthroid® has increased from 97 million in 2007 to 120 million in 2014, and in the UK from 2.8 million in 1998, to 19 million in 2007 and 29 million in 2014. Once Synthroid® is prescribed, most stay on their medication for life, and it is no wonder why sales keep going and growing.

The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown. Though as with many of today’s illnesses, the increased incidence of thyroid disease can be linked to an over-burden of toxins by pollution through air, water or food and the recent evidence of micro-plastic particles found in the human gut. Traces of polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene, commonly used in plastic drinking bottles made up 80% of the total level found in the test subjects.[3]

 

 

 

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

Symptoms for hypothyroidism:                                                       

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent, heavy menstrual periods
  • Forgetfulness
  • Weight gain
  • Dry, coarse skin and hair
  • Hoarse voice
  • Intolerance to cold

Symptoms for hyperthyroidism:

  • Irritability/nervousness
  • Muscle weakness/tremors
  • Infrequent, scant menstrual periods
  • Weight loss
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Vision problems or eye irritation
  • Heat sensitivity

 

Symptoms related to the reproductive system are gender-specific

“For example, women will notice changes in their menstrual cycle. Infertility could stem from hypothyroidism in both sexes, but it’s more common in women. Hypothyroidism can affect exercise capacity, physical performance, and libido in both genders. Men may also experience erectile dysfunction, according to Frederick Singer, MD, endocrinologist and director of the endocrinology and bone disease program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.”[4] Men and women may share the tendency to dismiss their symptoms, chalking them up to stress or simply aging. But getting a proper diagnosis is important so treatment can be started and symptoms stopped.

Why medication is not working?

Treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism with levothyroxine, though commonly practiced, is not associated with improvements in quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms, according to a new meta-analysis. Twenty-one randomized clinical trials including 2,192 participants with subclinical hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone therapy was not significantly associated with improvements in general quality of life (standardized mean difference −0.11) or thyroid-related symptoms (standardized mean difference 0.01).

Conclusion: Among non-pregnant adults with subclinical hypothyroidism, the use of thyroid hormone therapy was not associated with improvements in general quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms. These findings do not support the routine use of thyroid hormone therapy in adults with subclinical hypothyroidism.

Why iodine treatment alone does not work?

Iodine deficiency is one cause of hypothyroidism. However, studies are also showing that in the case of chronic autoimmune thyroiditis, the highest prevalence occurs in countries with the highest intake of iodine, such as the US and Japan.  So, although iodine supplementation should be implemented to prevent and treat iodine-deficiency disorders, supplementation should be maintained at a safe level.[5]

With evidence presented it is clear that current treatment for thyroid disease is not working and more and more are developing thyroid deficiencies. The hormones in thyroid medication are not always needed. In fact, many don’t need to be on this medication as stated above but thyroid gland concentrates produced without chemical residue from non-GMO, grass-fed bovine instead. Non-medicated and hormone free can offer a balanced solution and be a safe and effective natural source of absorbable iodine.

Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland is trademarked protected and research secured by Health Canada Master File, scientifically backed with clinically effective results. The product is formulated by a naturopathic doctor, manufactured under GMP guidelines using USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials to ensure therapeutic results with all safety markers in place. Your thyroid is too crucial to neglect, and a safe natural solution should never be overlooked.

 

References:

Favaro, Avis. (2018) Study finds evidence of microplastics in human gut, but health impacts unclear.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-finds-evidence-of-microplastics-in-human-gut-but-health-impacts-unclear-1.4145386

Feller M, Snel M, Moutzouri E. (2018) Association of Thyroid Hormone Therapy With Quality of Life and Thyroid-Related Symptoms in Patients With Subclinical Hypothyroidism: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2018, 320(13): 1349—1359.

Gietka-Czernel, Małgorzata. (2017) The thyroid gland in postmenopausal women: physiology and diseases. Menopause Review. 2017, 16(2): 33–37.

Melville, Nancy A. (2018) Treating Subclinical Hypothyroidism Is of Little Benefit.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/902807

 Springer, George Dr. Thyroid Disease – Why This Epidemic?

http://www.lifeworkswellnesscenter.com/thyroid-disease-treatment/thyroid-disease-why-this-epidemic.html

 Stewart, Kristen. (2014) Hypothyroidism in Men vs. Women.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/healthy-living-with-hypothyroidism/men-vs-women/

Vanderpump,  Mark P. J. (2011) The epidemiology of thyroid disease. British Medical Bulletin, Volume 99, Issue 1, 39–51.

The American Thyroid Association.  General Information/Press Room.

https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/press-room/

https://www.goodrx.com/blog/why-synthroid-is-the-most-prescribed-drug-in-the-us/

 

[1] According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease but the numbers are much higher with those border lined with hypothyroidism, the numbers could reach over 60% of the USA population.

[2] Vanderpump. 2011, 40.

[3] Favaro, 2018.

[4] Stewart, 2014.

[5] Melville, 2018.

 

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