The awareness ribbon color for thyroid awareness, including hypothyroidism, is light blue.
The month of January is Thyroid Awareness Month.
Thyroid Awareness Week begins on May 25 and continues till May 3.
World Thyroid Day (WTD), on May 25th each year, is dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide (Thyroid Federation International).
- Screening for hypothyroidism is performed in the newborn period in many countries, generally using TSH.
- During pregnancy, the thyroid gland must produce 50% more thyroid hormone to provide enough thyroid hormone for the developing fetus and the expectant mother.
- Hypothyroidism can be treated with manufactured levothyroxine; the dose is adjusted according to symptoms and normalization of the thyroxine and TSH levels.
- Hypothyroidism may be prevented in a population by adding iodine to commonly used foods.
How to Perform a Thyroid Neck Exam
- Use a mirror and focus on the lower middle area of your neck, above the collarbones, and below the Adam's apple (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
- While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back.
- Take a drink of water and swallow.
- As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area when you swallow. Reminder: Don't confuse the Adam's apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone. You may want to repeat this process several times.
- If you do see any bulges or protrusions in this area, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule and should be checked to determine whether cancer is present or if treatment for thyroid disease is needed.
- Most hypothyroidism is primary in nature. Central/secondary hypothyroidism affects 1:20,000 to 1:80,000 of the population, or about one out of every thousand people with hypothyroidism.
- In population-based studies, women were seven times more likely than men to have TSH levels above 10 mU/l.
- Worldwide about one billion people are estimated to be iodine deficient; however, it is unknown how often this results in hypothyroidism.
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