Ronkonkoma, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/25/2014 -- Recent statistics show that more than 27 million Americans – a number higher than diabetes patients, suffer from hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid, however over half of them remain undiagnosed. In an effort to help patients find information and answers about hypothyroidism, The Thyroid Disease Support Center has launched a website where you can learn all about diagnosis, treatment options, dietary restrictions and prognosis.
The main cause of hypothyroidism in countries that are not iodine-deficient is an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which accounts for 90% of hypothyroidism cases in the US; it’s most common in women but it can also affect men and children. Hashimoto’s develops when your own immune system starts attacking and destroying your thyroid. The disease may take months or years to develop; symptoms vary from person to person and can include chronic fatigue, weight gain, irritability, cold intolerance, dry skin and hair, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating and hair loss among others.
Mrs. Mitova from the Thyroid Disease Support Center explains, “The first challenge patients face is obtaining a correct diagnosis – it took 2 years for me to actually get diagnosed although I had all the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, and another year to feel better again. Many doctors still use outdated lab standards which may show that your lab test results are normal when they are not, and therefore you’re not being treated for your condition. The second problem is the lack of treatment options – in the majority of cases the only treatment offered to hypothyroidism patients is synthroid/levothyroxine. Although it may be an effective treatment for some patients, for me levothyroxine didn’t work as far as eliminating my symptoms. I felt even worse after I first started taking it. Hypothyroidism is a complex disease that affects the function of many systems in your body and one tiny pill doesn’t seem to fix the problem. In my opinion, in order to treat underactive thyroid effectively, one needs to address the underlying factors that caused the disease in the first place.”
Today, after years of struggling with hypothyroidism Mrs. Mitova is happy to report she’s back to being active and healthy again, and feels better than ever. She’s the author of the best-selling ebook “Overcoming Hypothyroidism: the Ultimate Guide to Recovery”; you can download and read a chapter of the ebook for free here: http://thyroiddiseasesucks.com/hypothyroidism/free-chapter
About The Thyroid Disease Support Center
The Thyroid Disease Support Center based in New York, is dedicated to educating and helping hypothyroidism patients. The Thyroid Disease Support Center runs a Facebook page where patients can get help and answers to their questions: https://www.facebook.com/HypothyroidismTreatment