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Thyroid nutrition

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Thyroid conditions

Goiter, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism

A goiter is simply the enlargement of the thyroid gland. A goiter can occur in a normal thyroid gland or in a gland that produces too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), or too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). An enlarged thyroid gland may contain lumps of tissue called nodules. In most cases, nodules do not affect thyroid hormone production, but a nodule can produce too much thyroid hormone, or it may be cancerous.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The most common cause in the U.S. is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. Other causes include iodine deficiency, pituitary gland problems and removal of the thyroid gland. You may have hypothyroidism if you suffer from low energy, weight gain, feeling cold, constipation, and dry skin, hair and nails.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. The most common cause is Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease. Graves’ disease may cause the eyes to bulge (exophthalmos). You may have hyperthyroidism if you suffer from shaking, nervousness and irritability, or you have a rapid heartbeat, perspiration, difficulty sleeping, increased bowel movements, weight loss and hair loss. Some women have unexplained abdominal pain.

We use a combination of examination, laboratory and special studies to diagnose you and rule out other conditions. Some patients already have a diagnosis, and we can quickly enter into a treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include a personalized dietary prescription to address your individual issues and health goals. Some patients may benefit from phytotherapy (herbs) and vitamin and mineral supplementation. Patients with hypothyroidism also benefit from exercise, to help normalize and balance thyroid hormone function. We monitor your diet, exercise and laboratory values to determine your specific needs over time. Contact us to find out more.

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