College Station, TX (January 11, 2017) – You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck which helps regulate metabolism, heart rate, energy levels and body temperature. But thyroid disorders are very common. It’s estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and as many as 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
“Thyroid disorders can mimic several other health conditions, making them more difficult to diagnose,” said Dr. Joseph Roman, Internist at College Station Internal Medicine. “If you even suspect you might have a thyroid problem, consult with your primary care physician or endocrinologist as soon as possible.”
The most common thyroid conditions are known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
“Thyroid disorders are not just a matter of discomfort and quality of life,” said Dr. Roman, Internist. “Too much thyroid hormone can cause atrial fibrillation, affect blood pressure, and decrease bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis. Pregnant women with untreated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery and developmental problems in their children.”
Many thyroid disorders are hereditary, or caused by factors such as autoimmune disorders and certain medications. However, there is clear evidence that lifestyle factors can play a significant part. Here are some tips to help protect your thyroid health.
This tiny gland plays a powerful role in your overall health and well-being, and groundbreaking work is being done every year to better understand how to protect it and to more effectively screen for problems. Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed effectively with regular screening, lifestyle adjustments and medications. As you add thyroid health to your family’s list of priorities, choose fresh or frozen foods over canned, store food in porcelain or glass rather than plastics, and keep your home well-ventilated.
For assistance finding a physician who can help you diagnose or manage thyroid disease, visit CSInternalMedicine.com or call (979) 764-1111 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roman.
About College Station Medical Center
College Station Medical Center traces its beginning to the city of Bryan where it began as Bryan Hospital in 1931. In 1987, the hospital moved to its current location on Rock Prairie Road. College Station Medical Center is a 167-bed acute care hospital that has introduced many first-time medical advancements in our region including neonatology, surgical robotics and advanced interventional cardiology. The hospital recently completed a $23 million expansion and has a strong relationship with Brenham Clinic. More than 90 physicians maintain offices on the campus of College Station Medical Center.
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College Station, TX 77845