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Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are important for regulating the body’s metabolism, including the body’s heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Causes of Hypothyroidism There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including: Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery, in which the thyroid gland is removed or damaged. Radiation treatment for certain types of cancer, which can damage the thyroid gland. Medications that can interfere with thyroid hormone production. Congenital hypothyroidism is a condition present at birth in which the thyroid gland is not fully developed or is missing. Anyone can develop hypothyroidism, but the condition is more common in women, especially those over the age of 60. It is also more common in people who have a family history of thyroid problems or those who have an autoimmune disorder such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, and depression. If you suspect you may have hypothyroidism, it’s important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Exercise and Yoga for Hypothyroidism For people with hypothyroidism, it’s important to maintain a regular exercise routine to help with fatigue, muscle weakness and weight gain. Some specific types of exercise that may be beneficial include: Aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming. These activities can help to boost energy levels and improve cardiovascular health. Strength training exercises such as weight lifting, resistance bands or bodyweight exercises. These exercises can help to build muscle mass and improve bone density, which can be decreased with hypothyroidism Yoga and stretching exercises can help to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension and stiffness. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can be a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness, but people with hypothyroidism should be aware that HIIT can be very demanding and may cause fatigue, so they should start at a low level of intensity and progress gradually. It is important to remember that people with hypothyroidism may experience fatigue, muscle weakness and weight gain, so it’s important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise. It’s also important to listen to your body and not overdo it, if you feel exhausted or experience muscle pain, take a break and resume activities the next day. Nutrition for Hypothyroidism Eating a diet that is high in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources, and low in processed foods. Avoiding foods that are high in goitrogens, which are substances that can interfere with thyroid function. These include soy, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, and nuts and seeds. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol, as these can interfere with thyroid hormone levels. Practising stress-reducing techniques, such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing, as stress can exacerbate symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Consuming enough iodine, as this is essential for thyroid function. Iodine can be found in seafood, dairy products and iodized salt Consulting a dietitian who is familiar with hyperthyroidism to help plan a healthy diet tailored to your specific needs. It is also very important to work closely with a doctor or endocrinologist to monitor and manage your condition, as hyperthyroidism can have serious health consequences if left untreated.

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Hypothyroidism

Managing Hypothyroidism with Lifestyle Changes

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are important for regulating the body’s metabolism, including the body’s heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Causes of Hypothyroidism There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including: Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery, in which the thyroid gland is removed or damaged.…

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Exercises for Thyroid Health

Exercises are the most ignored part by most of us when it comes to our thyroid health. Symptoms like tiredness, swelling, and joint pain add to our never-ending list of excuses for not working out. But do you know staying physically active is very important when it comes to your thyroid health? What do the experts suggest? The type of physical activity that one should go for depends on the status of their thyroid health. If thyroid disorder is under…

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Yoga for Thyroid Health

What is “Yoga”? Yoga is a therapy that falls both into the “mind-body” category and is related to Ayurveda and is an important alternative therapy for people with hypothyroidism. When it comes to yoga, people assume it to be stretching or sitting in a cross-legged lotus position. But it is an ancient science that focuses on putting the whole body, mind, and intellect in harmony with the universe. Yoga is quite practical, with physical exercises (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and…

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Hypothyroidism

Managing Hypothyroidism with Lifestyle Changes

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are important for regulating the body’s metabolism, including the body’s heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Causes of Hypothyroidism There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including: Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery, in which the thyroid gland is removed or damaged.…

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Diet for Hyperthyroidism

Apart from medications prescribed by your doctor, it has been observed that a healthy lifestyle, appropriate diet, and exercises also play an important role in overall improvement. If we talk about food products, some help in improving the condition while others worsen it or create hindrances in the action of prescribed medicines. Overproduction of thyroid hormones is observed in cases of hyperthyroidism and is often characterised by symptoms like: marked weight loss, increased sensitivity to heat, palpitations, anxiety, profuse sweating,…

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Recipes for Hyperthyroidism

A high-calorie diet is a must for people with hyperthyroidism to maintain a healthy energy level. Increased metabolism demands more energy which can be supplied only by the consumption of calorie-rich foods. Bread (wholewheat, rye, and oat bran); vegetables rich in starch (potatoes, peas, beets, carrots, and corn); healthy spreads (hummus, peanut butter, honey, jam, and low-fat cream cheese); fruits (bananas, pears, pineapple, and apples); cereals (granola and muesli); hearty soups (chilli with beans, lentil, minestrone, black bean, and split…

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Lesser known symptoms of hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is the condition where an overactive thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone and speeds up your metabolism. A typical hypothyroid patient suffers from sleepiness, cold intolerance, dry skin, weight gain, loss of appetite, constipation, and a low pulse, while a typical hyperthyroid patient endures sleepless nights, heat intolerance, excessive sweating, weight loss, a voracious appetite, loose bowels, and a high pulse. Hyperthyroidism is considerably less common than hypothyroidism, but they are both more prevalent in women than men. The…

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Managing Hypothyroidism with Lifestyle Changes

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are important for regulating the body’s metabolism, including the body’s heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Causes of Hypothyroidism There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including: Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery, in which the thyroid gland is removed or damaged.…

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Hypothyroidism Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid?

Are you still confused and find yourself wondering whether you should or should not go for that favourite recipe of yours since your doctor said the word “hypothyroidism” the last time you visited? Don’t worry! We’ve got your back on this. In this article, we will discuss what you should eat and what you should avoid in case you suffer from “hypothyroidism”. Did I hear the word “thyroid”? Well, the thyroid gland is a bilobed endocrine gland which is also…

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Recipes for Hyperthyroidism

A high-calorie diet is a must for people with hyperthyroidism to maintain a healthy energy level. Increased metabolism demands more energy which can be supplied only by the consumption of calorie-rich foods. Bread (wholewheat, rye, and oat bran); vegetables rich in starch (potatoes, peas, beets, carrots, and corn); healthy spreads (hummus, peanut butter, honey, jam, and low-fat cream cheese); fruits (bananas, pears, pineapple, and apples); cereals (granola and muesli); hearty soups (chilli with beans, lentil, minestrone, black bean, and split…

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Vitamins, Minerals and Hypothyroidism

Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates Most of us practice vitamin, nutritional and herbal therapy on a regular basis in the form of fresh fruit juices, supplements, and multivitamin capsules to name a few. These also serve as the pillars of various complementary and alternative medicine systems. It is always advised to consult with your dietician before you make any major diet changes when suffering from thyroid disorders. Some common vitamins, minerals, and…

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Role of Iodine in Thyroid Health

Iodine is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck that produces hormones that regulate many vital bodily functions, including metabolism, growth, and development. Iodine is a critical component of these hormones, and without it, the thyroid gland cannot produce them in sufficient amounts. In this article, we will discuss the role of iodine in the thyroid gland and why…

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Recipes for Hypothyroidism

Patients living with hypothyroidism mostly have low iodine levels and should opt for food products rich in iodine. Iodine-rich foods include seafood, iodized salt, and whole-wheat bread. Generally, “ground-grown” food products, like carrots, potatoes, and beans) contain higher levels of iodine. Since chlorine found in regular tap water may interfere with iodine levels in the body, it is recommended to switch to distilled water for drinking. The amino acid tyrosine helps with the health and function of the thyroid gland.…

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How to Stay Healthy with Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders are a group of conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating the body's metabolism, which affects many aspects of our health, including weight, energy levels, and mood. When the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can lead to a variety of health problems, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid nodules. However, with proper management and care, people with thyroid disorders can lead…

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Tests for Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid tests generally involve blood tests, tests that make use of radioactive iodine, and imaging tests. Most tests are used to determine the functioning capacity of the thyroid gland. Imaging tests are required to investigate structural abnormalities, like nodules or goitre. When should you get your thyroid tested? It is recommended that all adults should undergo screening for thyroid disorders with a thyroid profile blood test every five years, starting from the age of thirty-five years. One should not ignore…

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Hypothyroidism

Managing Hypothyroidism with Lifestyle Changes

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are important for regulating the body’s metabolism, including the body’s heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Causes of Hypothyroidism There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including: Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery, in which the thyroid gland is removed or damaged.…

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Hypothyroidism Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid?

Are you still confused and find yourself wondering whether you should or should not go for that favourite recipe of yours since your doctor said the word “hypothyroidism” the last time you visited? Don’t worry! We’ve got your back on this. In this article, we will discuss what you should eat and what you should avoid in case you suffer from “hypothyroidism”. Did I hear the word “thyroid”? Well, the thyroid gland is a bilobed endocrine gland which is also…

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Family History and Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid is an endocrine gland situated in our neck region. It is bilobed in shape and thus, also referred to as “Butterfly Gland”. It produces hormones like calcitonin, T3 and T4 which further regulate our metabolism. Overproduction and underproduction of these hormones result in hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism respectively. Thyroid and Family History Thyroid diseases represent a small number of about eighty autoimmune diseases that affect humans. Family History plays a very important role in autoimmune disorders. When we talk…

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Thyroid Disorders and Pregnancy

Thyroid hormones play a vital role in the baby's normal development during the first trimester and the nervous system throughout the pregnancy. By the end of the first trimester, the thyroid gland of the baby becomes active and starts producing hormones on its own but dependence on the mother is still observed. Therefore, it’s important to monitor the levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy. Estrogen and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) may cause a significant rise in thyroid levels during pregnancy.…

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Are Diabetes and Thyroid related?

Are Diabetes and Thyroid related?

Diabetes and thyroid disorders are both very common these days. Though this is still a topic of research, ongoing studies suggest a connection between the two. Diabetes and thyroid disorders are endocrine disorders i.e., the conditions where the required hormones are not produced appropriately by our endocrine system. There can be many causes and likewise, there’s also a long list of symptoms. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located in our neck region. It produces hormones like calcitonin…

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All you need to know about Thyroid: An Overview

What is Thyroid? Normally, when we use the term “thyroid” … most of us assume it to be some metabolic disorder. But thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, bilobed gland located in our neck region. It is an endocrine gland in nature which produces thyroid hormones and calcitonin. These are responsible for metabolic regulation, growth, and overall development, of a human being. Disorders associated with Thyroid Gland Diseases of the thyroid gland majorly affect women and are reported in 5% population in…

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Recipes for Hyperthyroidism

A high-calorie diet is a must for people with hyperthyroidism to maintain a healthy energy level. Increased metabolism demands more energy which can be supplied only by the consumption of calorie-rich foods. Bread (wholewheat, rye, and oat bran); vegetables rich in starch (potatoes, peas, beets, carrots, and corn); healthy spreads (hummus, peanut butter, honey, jam, and low-fat cream cheese); fruits (bananas, pears, pineapple, and apples); cereals (granola and muesli); hearty soups (chilli with beans, lentil, minestrone, black bean, and split…

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Thyroid and Therapy

Thyroid disorders are more common than ever now. We must know about various ways of dealing with them apart from having the prescribed medications. Lifestyle management and food choices play a very important role when it comes to thyroid disorders. Lifestyle management includes our daily habits and routine which we choose consciously to improve our overall well-being. Therapy falls in this domain. What is therapy? Therapy is an umbrella term that covers everything: from prayer to yoga to counselling to…

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Lesser-Known Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The thyroid hormone helps in regulating body metabolism. When thyroid hormone levels decrease to below-normal levels, it is known as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism slows down metabolic activities. Symptoms like fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, etc are observed. Hypothyroidism occurs in more than one in eight women between the ages of fifty-five and seventy-four. Yet the disease is probably recognized the least in older people because the symptoms are present in that age group. Sometimes only one symptom may be…

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Exercises for Thyroid Health

Exercises are the most ignored part by most of us when it comes to our thyroid health. Symptoms like tiredness, swelling, and joint pain add to our never-ending list of excuses for not working out. But do you know staying physically active is very important when it comes to your thyroid health? What do the experts suggest? The type of physical activity that one should go for depends on the status of their thyroid health. If thyroid disorder is under…

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06 Apr 2023

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Vitamins, Minerals and Hypothyroidism

Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates Most of us practice vitamin, nutritional and herbal therapy on a regular basis in the form of fresh fruit juices, supplements, and multivitamin capsules to name a few. These also serve as the pillars of various complementary and alternative medicine systems. It is always advised to consult with your dietician before you make any major diet changes when suffering from thyroid disorders. Some common vitamins, minerals, and…

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06 Apr 2023

Role of Iodine in Thyroid Health

Iodine is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck that produces hormones that regulate many vital bodily functions, including metabolism, growth, and development. Iodine is a critical component of these hormones, and without it, the thyroid gland cannot produce them in sufficient amounts. In this article, we will discuss the role of iodine in the thyroid gland and why…

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06 Apr 2023

Recipes for Hypothyroidism

Patients living with hypothyroidism mostly have low iodine levels and should opt for food products rich in iodine. Iodine-rich foods include seafood, iodized salt, and whole-wheat bread. Generally, “ground-grown” food products, like carrots, potatoes, and beans) contain higher levels of iodine. Since chlorine found in regular tap water may interfere with iodine levels in the body, it is recommended to switch to distilled water for drinking. The amino acid tyrosine helps with the health and function of the thyroid gland.…

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06 Apr 2023

Dos and Don’ts for Healthy Thyroid

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that plays a crucial role in regulating the body's metabolism. When it is functioning properly, it produces hormones that help to control the rate at which the body burns calories and converts food into energy. However, when the thyroid gland is not functioning correctly, it can lead to a variety of health problems, including weight gain, fatigue, and even depression. In this article, we will discuss the dos…

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Yoga for Thyroid Health

What is “Yoga”? Yoga is a therapy that falls both into the “mind-body” category and is related to Ayurveda and is an important alternative therapy for people with hypothyroidism. When it comes to yoga, people assume it to be stretching or sitting in a cross-legged lotus position. But it is an ancient science that focuses on putting the whole body, mind, and intellect in harmony with the universe. Yoga is quite practical, with physical exercises (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and…

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Mental Health and Thyroid

“I speak two languages, Body, and English.” —Mae West The mind and body are always connected and communicating with each other. It’s easy to forget that while they are always together, mind and body can operate at times as two competing entities, speaking very different languages. The conscious mind speaks in the language of words and thoughts. But the body speaks in the language of feelings, symptoms, hormones—and in some cases, health conditions. Body and mind are inseparable. Neither misses…

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Losing Weight With Hypothyroidism

Have you been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism? Have you been advised to lose weight to reduce the symptoms? Are you having trouble losing weight? Hypothyroidism can often feel like a dark abyss that keeps pulling you in. It manifests in the form of weight gain and resistance to weight loss, digestive issues, feeling cold, and depressive episodes. Despite best efforts, it becomes difficult to lose weight and hence a lot of people end up developing eating disorders and mental health issues.…

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How to Stay Healthy with Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders are a group of conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating the body's metabolism, which affects many aspects of our health, including weight, energy levels, and mood. When the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can lead to a variety of health problems, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid nodules. However, with proper management and care, people with thyroid disorders can lead…

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Tests for Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid tests generally involve blood tests, tests that make use of radioactive iodine, and imaging tests. Most tests are used to determine the functioning capacity of the thyroid gland. Imaging tests are required to investigate structural abnormalities, like nodules or goitre. When should you get your thyroid tested? It is recommended that all adults should undergo screening for thyroid disorders with a thyroid profile blood test every five years, starting from the age of thirty-five years. One should not ignore…

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Hypothyroidism

Managing Hypothyroidism with Lifestyle Changes

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are important for regulating the body’s metabolism, including the body’s heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Causes of Hypothyroidism There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including: Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery, in which the thyroid gland is removed or damaged.…

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27 Apr 2023

Family History and Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid is an endocrine gland situated in our neck region. It is bilobed in shape and thus, also referred to as “Butterfly Gland”. It produces hormones like calcitonin, T3 and T4 which further regulate our metabolism. Overproduction and underproduction of these hormones result in hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism respectively. Thyroid and Family History Thyroid diseases represent a small number of about eighty autoimmune diseases that affect humans. Family History plays a very important role in autoimmune disorders. When we talk…

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11 Apr 2023

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All you need to know about Thyroid: An Overview

What is Thyroid? Normally, when we use the term “thyroid” … most of us assume it to be some metabolic disorder. But thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, bilobed gland located in our neck region. It is an endocrine gland in nature which produces thyroid hormones and calcitonin. These are responsible for metabolic regulation, growth, and overall development, of a human being. Disorders associated with Thyroid Gland Diseases of the thyroid gland majorly affect women and are reported in 5% population in…

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06 Apr 2023

Lesser-Known Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The thyroid hormone helps in regulating body metabolism. When thyroid hormone levels decrease to below-normal levels, it is known as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism slows down metabolic activities. Symptoms like fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, etc are observed. Hypothyroidism occurs in more than one in eight women between the ages of fifty-five and seventy-four. Yet the disease is probably recognized the least in older people because the symptoms are present in that age group. Sometimes only one symptom may be…

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06 Apr 2023

Dos and Don’ts for Healthy Thyroid

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that plays a crucial role in regulating the body's metabolism. When it is functioning properly, it produces hormones that help to control the rate at which the body burns calories and converts food into energy. However, when the thyroid gland is not functioning correctly, it can lead to a variety of health problems, including weight gain, fatigue, and even depression. In this article, we will discuss the dos…

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