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Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz popularly known today as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and host and commentator for The Dr. Oz Show, which is a daily television program that discusses and focus on medical issues as well as personal health. He first appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004.  In one of Dr. Oz thyroid problem discussions, he pointed out that more than 27 million Americans suffer from the condition of having either an overactive or underactive thyroid citing data from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. However the more revealing insight that he shared is the fact that only half of these people are aware that they have the condition.

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Dr. Oz explained that the thyroid is an important part of the body and essential to many of its functions. It is found in the neck and it controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. It produces hormones that regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. Basically the brain instructs the thyroid glands as to the level of hormones to produce. The problem occurs when these glands fail to produce or overproduced the required amount of hormones. The thyroid glands grow bigger when such case occurs so swelling in the neck is a symptom on this condition.

In Dr. Oz thyroid problem discussion, he further elaborated that there are two types of thyroid disorders and these are known as hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. When the glands fail or cannot create the appropriate amount of hormone needed by the body, such a condition is called hypothyroid or hypothyroidism. On the other hand, when the glands are overproducing hormones than what the body needs, it is hyperthyroidism.

According to him the signs and symptoms that usually are associated with the hypothyroid condition will include feeling cold, fatigue, unexplained weight gain, depression and brittle fingernails and hair. Meanwhile the signs and symptoms that are normally predictive of hyperthyroid condition include sensitivity to heat or having the feeling of being “uncomfortably hot”, sudden weight loss, rapid or irregular heartbeat, anxiety attacks and difficulty sleeping.

“Dr. Oz thyroid problem discussions revealed that more than 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid problems either an overactive or underactive thyroid.”

Dr. Oz further explained that these problems of the thyroid functions are brought about by factors such as radiation exposure, smoking and autoimmune disease. He also pointed out that data has shown that women are seven times more likely to suffer thyroid problems when compared to men. The studies he pointed out showed that subclinical or symptomless hypothyroidism occurs in 6 to 8% of adult women and only 3% of adult men. Meanwhile overt or symptomatic hypothyroidism, the study has revealed occurs more frequently in the elderly and those with Down’s syndrome.

Furthermore, subclinical hyperthyroidism occurs in 0.2 to 5% of the elderly however most of the time, it will resolve on its own. Many of the people who suffer from thyroid dysfunction will start to experience the symptoms within a few months of the onset of the disease. In addition, Dr. Oz thyroid cancer concern was also raised on his website pointing out that this kind is one of those stealth cancers that can grow undetected for sometime over decades. He also pointed out that it is also 4 times more common in women than men. Though no definitive data can still conclude what causes this disease, the role of thr estrogen hormone among women and exposure to x-ray radiation are being looked upon.

In order to determine how well your thyroid glands are functioning one can take thyroid function laboratory tests which detect the level of presence on the blood of certain hormones produced by the thyroid glands or those that regulate its normal function. There are four kinds of such hormones but the one most often measured is thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) which is manufactured by the pituitary gland to stimulate the thyroid to make more hormones. If TSH levels are high in the blood, it means low amounts of thyroid hormone or hypothyroidism while low TSH blood levels means overproduction of hormones or hyperthyroidism. This test is considered superior to other hormone tests since it can detect both low and high thyroid function.

The treatment recommended by Dr. Oz when it comes to dealing with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism include medications such as synthroid or armour thyroid can help with low thyroid function, although they each have their grocery list of side effects. He further added that food is another good means of natural thyroid treatment. For instance, if you have hypothyroid, he recommended steaming cruciferous vegetables and cooking tofu. Meanwhile to help slow down the production of hormone in cases of hyperthyroidism, adding soybean-related foods and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts can be helpful. Lastly he also pointed out the importance of taking Vitamin D.

However in Dr. Oz thyroid problem discussion he pointed out that even if you are on medication do not always assume that your treatment is working. He advised the importance of consulting your physician to determine your right thyroid level. He advised that if you have the symptoms, regardless whether your blood test came back borderline normal, you probably will need treatment.

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