Explains signs and symptoms for major thyroid disorders and discusses test results, treatment options, medications, and ways to maintain thyroid health.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, you’ve probably found out at least a little about this mysterious gland—just enough to want to look for answers to the many questions that keep popping up in your mind. What causes this condition? How is it treated? What can you do to get healthy again?Thyroid for Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the detailed information you're looking for on new methods for detecting thyroid disease in both adults and children, alternative treatments, pros and cons of powerful new drugs now on the market, advice for managing the disease through changes in exercise and diet, and much more. You're discover:What the thyroid doesHow to identify a sick thyroid and recognize who's at riskWays to find the right thyroid doctorHow to cope with hypothyroidism in childrenThe hereditary connection to thyroid diseaseHow thyroid disease affects the elderlyThe effects of hyperthyroidism during pregnancyHow to decide if surgery is necessaryTen myths about thyroid healthUpdated to address advances made since the first edition, including the latest thinking on understanding thyroid disease's connection to depression and mania, Thyroid for Dummies, 2nd Edition will tell you everything you need to know about how the thyroid functions, what makes it malfunction, and what to do when a problem occurs.