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Running head: HYPOTHYROIDISM 1 Hypothyroidism Nathan Aime American Military University SCI 132 Professor Brinson June 17, 2011 Abstract
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HYPOTHYROIDISM This is a research paper presenting and discussing a condition of the body called hypothyroidism, which is a condition in which the body is failing to produce a sufficient amount of thyroid hormone. Running the metabolism of the body is the foremost purpose of thyroid hormone, so it would be understandable that patients who have this condition would have signs and symptoms that would be associated with having a slow metabolism. The information includes a thorough description of the condition, explanations on how the various body systems are affected, current statistics of those affected, and any medications/treatments that are available. Many people are presently hypothyroid and they do not even know it since the symptoms are easy to get tacked on to another condition. Hypothyroidism is more common than most people would believe and as many as ten percent of women could have some degree of deficiency of thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism
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HYPOTHYROIDISM It is a frequent scene to have hypothyroid patients, particularly the patients who are undiagnosed because of the over-reliance of doctors on a faulty TSH range, or those patients who are receiving treatment with thyroxine T4-only medications, to go see a doctor with the chief complaint being anxiety, depression, being unable to concentrate, or having emotional swings, where the doctor just whips out the prescription pad to be the next person out the door with the doctor’s favorite anti-anxiety, lithium, anti-depressant, or bi-polar medicine which usually starts with the free samples off the shelf from the pharmaceutical representative who was hired by the drug companies. But the problem with this particular scenario is that the anxiety or other mental health problem, or depression is not a unique and unrelated illness. It is more likely caused from having a low free T3, the active thyroid hormone, or an insufficiency of the adrenal gland. This is particularly common for patients who are being treated with Levoxyl, Synthroid, Levothyroxine, Eltoxine, and other T4-only medications (Lindsay 1997). This particular problem is not limited to just having depression. Low thyroid hormones, and the frequent occurrence of poorly functioning, sluggish adrenals, can play a role in various behavioral and emotional disturbances
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