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Understanding Hypothyroidism and How it Effects Me

            My thyroid is a small bowtie or butterfly-shaped gland, located in my neck,.
             wrapped around the windpipe, behind and below the Adam's apple area. The.
             thyroid produces several hormones. These hormones help oxygen get into cells,.
             and make my thyroid the most master gland of metabolism. When you suffer from a.
             thyroid disorder, your thyroid glands swell up. During a physical the doctor.
             will feel on different parts of your neck. If the glands appear to be swollen by.
             touch, you will be given a blood test in which your thyroid levels will be.
             tested. In my case, I was tested and diagnosed with Hypothyroidism; more.
             specifically, Hashimoto's disease.
             There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the development of thyroid.
             • Exposure to radiation, such as occurred after the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
             • Over consumption of isoflavone-intensive soy products, such as soy protein,.
             soy capsules, soy powders.
             • Some drugs, such as lithium and the heart drug cordarone, can cause.
             • An over consumption or shortage of iodine in the diet can also trigger some.
             thyroid problems. (This also applies to iodine-containing supplements, such as.
             kelp and bladder wrack.).
             • Radiation treatment to my head, neck or chest. Radiation treatment for.
             tonsils, adenoids, lymph nodes, thymus gland problems, or acne.
             • "Nasal Radium Therapy," which took place during the 1940s through 1960s, as a.
             treatment for tonsillitis, colds and other ailments, or as a military submariner.
             and/or pilot who had trouble with drastic changes in pressure.
             • Over consumption of uncooked "goitrogenic" foods, such as Brussels sprouts,.
             broccoli, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, radishes, cauliflower, African cassava,.
             millet, babassu (a palm-tree coconut fruit popular in Brazil and Africa),.
             cabbage and kale.
             • Surgical treatments for thyroid cancer, goiter, or nodules, in which all or.

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