Thyroid Troubles in Females
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 5, Issue: 4, Feb 2012 (Editorial) - from Homeorizon.com
|Article Updated: Feb 29, 2012|
If you are losing weight
If your hairs are falling
If you get tired easily
If your skin is becoming dry and lusterless
and if you are a female in age group of 45-60 years then get your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level checked.
Being a female you are more concerned about your looks so it becomes a major hassle for you but unluckily being female also makes you are more prone to Thyroid problems. You may be suffering from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
Thyroid gland is a small 2-inch butterfly shaped gland located just below the Adam’s apple in the lower part of the neck. It secretes hormones through bloodstream to every cell and every organ in our body. This tiny, gland regulates our body temperature, keeps our brain thinking clearly, our heart pumping rhythmically, and
Although the reason is not understood, but women are at a higher risk of most types of thyroid disease than men. Thyroid gland failure and varying degrees of dysfunction are quite common among the female population. They are 10 times more likely to develop thyroid disease than men. They develop thyroid disorders early in life and about 10% of women will have thyroid dysfunction following pregnancy. It is estimated that one out of eleven women will become hypothyroid in their lifetime. Thyroid disease affects nearly 20 million Americans each year. Because initial signs and symptoms are vague, ambiguous, and often seen in various underlying disorders, thyroid disease is often missed in its early stages. Left undetected and untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart disease, osteoporosis, and other serious health problems.
Symptoms of thyroid disease include
- Feeling warm
- Increased perspiration
- Weakness and fatigue
- Trembling hands
- Rapid heartbeat
- Weight loss
- Irritability / anxiety
- Eye discomfort
- Menstrual changes
- Inability to conceive
- Feeling cold
- Weight gain of 5–10 pounds
- Dry hair and skin
- Menstrual changes
During different phases of a woman’s life, the thyroid gland must adjust to meet the demands of physical growth or hormonal changes with pregnancy and menopause, as well as function as the metabolic pacemaker for many processes throughout the body. In young women, pregnancy is often the trigger for the disease process. Women have a five percent chance of developing a thyroid disease during the first six months after having a baby. This happens because, during pregnancy, a woman’s immune response is suppressed so that her body won’t reject her baby. After she delivers, the immune system rebounds—sometimes so strongly that it triggers inflammation of the thyroid gland.
Thyroid antibodies are present in the blood of 10 percent of postpartum women, and half to two-thirds of these women develop postpartum thyroid dysfunction. New mothers often ignore their symptoms attributing them to postpartum depression—just as middle-age women attribute their symptoms to menopause.
By the age of 50, 10 percent of women have diminished thyroid hormone, and, by the age of 60, 17 percent have decreased levels of the hormone. Women who develop thyroid disease later in life can be particularly hard to diagnose, as compared to younger women who come in with more symptoms and so are easier to diagnose.
Approximately 20% of menopausal women in the US are diagnosed with a problematic thyroid, and many women go undiagnosed. For women in their late 30’s or 40’s, hypothyroidism is indicative of being perimenopausal, which is the time of up to 15 years of before menopause. Some women experience menopause in their early 40s, especially if their mothers entered menopause at a relatively early age. Thyroid disease after menopause can have serious consequences. As postmenopausal women are already at an increased risk for heart disease, women with untreated hypo- or hyperthyroidism have an even greater risk of cardiovascular events, as well as an increased risk for osteoporosis. The incidence of mild hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, without any symptoms, increases from 10 percent in premenopausal women to 20-25 percent in post-menopausal women.
Naturopathic physicians advice consuming small, frequent meals high in calories hyperthyroidism to compensate for body’s increased metabolism. Helpful foods for this purpose include mustard greens, spinach, soybeans, bugleweed, lemon balm kale, cabbage and cauliflower, which help to reduce thyroid hormone production.
Helpful foods in treating hypothyroidism may include prunes, potatoes, raw seeds, gum guggul, bladderwrack whole grains, parsley and apricots. However further clinical research trials may be necessary to determine these supplements' efficacy in treating thyroid problems.
Homeopathy has a good role in relieving problems associated with changing hormone levels. Also it helps the body to cope easily with the changing hormonal levels and demands of body. Medicines such as Fucus vesiculosis, Iodum, Bromium, Lycopus, lapis-alb and Spongia have been found to be highly effective in thyroid troubles depending on the symptom presented.
In this February Issue of Homeopathic Horizon we are discussing articles, papers and cases explaining the Prevelance, presentation and homeopathic treatment of Thyroid diseases. In this issue, HOMEOPATHY IN THYROID WOES, we have tried our utmost to present to you a comprehensive and complete view on effectiveness of homeopathy in thyroid troubles. Hope you will enjoy it.