You have seen the pink ribbons that support breast cancer research and yellow ribbons that support our troops. There is now a paisley ribbon that shows support for thyroid disease research.
Hundreds of Nebraskans could suffer from a thyroid disorder and they don’t know it. Dr. Daniel Duick is an Endocrinologist and says there are signs for a malfunctioning thyroid gland. This gland produces a hormone that is the metabolic pacesetter. Hypothyroidism is when the gland doesn’t produce enough of the hormone and can be associated with fatigue, lack of energy, dry skin, dry hair and enlargements in the throat. When the gland over produces thyroid hormone it is hyperthyroidism and symptoms include tremors, shakes, sweats, weight loss and increased hunger.
January is Thyroid Awareness Month and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists is launching a new ribbon campaign. They are taking it a step further and urging thyroid awareness by wearing paisley print ties and scarves that are tied around the neck, where the thyroid is located.
Dr. Duick says your physician can order a simple blood test that detects a thyroid disorder and most time it can be treated by a daily medication.
Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease and affects as many as 30-million Americans. More than half remain undiagnosed.