Nutrition

Nutrient What You Need It For Where You Get It Nutrition Notes Vitamin A (Retinol) Helps form and maintain skin and membranes lining respiratory and digestive tracts; promotes normal growth of bone and tissues, aids night vision. Under study for immunity. Directly from liver, eggs, whole milk, cream, cheese; indirectly from green leafy and yellow…

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Understanding Your Blood Tests

Thyroid lab testing is an area that can be confusing to both patients and physicians. It is a subject of controversy since some people have suggested that standard thyroid lab testing is not reliable and that alternative measures, such as axillary temperatures, or some sort of compilation of symptoms, would be more reliable in diagnosing…

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What to Ask Your Doctor? A Good Question

Your physician is qualified to provide sound medical advice and treatment. However, only you can make personal changes that will help reduce your chances of illness, allowing you to feel better. That’s why it is important to become more involved in your medical care by asking questions. In addition to following your “doctor’s orders” you…

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Cholesterol Management in Graves’ Disease

Serum cholesterol levels are affected by thyroid function. Patients with Graves’ disease sometimes show elevation of blood cholesterol levels just after their thyroid function returns to normal. Serum total cholesterol levels are made up of four major components: chylomicrons, very low density lipoproteins (VLDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL), and highdensity lipoproteins (HDL). HDL is the…

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Osteoporosis and Thyroid Disease

Osteoporosis, a condition of excessive loss of bone and mass resulting in increased incidence of fractures of the spine, hip and wrist, occurs in increased frequency in patients who have longstanding hyperthyroidism. The hyperthyroidism can be the result of having an undiagnosed thyroid condition resulting in increased thyroid hormone production or due to excessive ingestion…

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Students & Graves’

“My sixteen-year-old daughter cannot make it through a day at school. She has every symptom of the disease except the bulging eyes. Needless to say, she feels like she is really losing her mind at times. Jennifer used to weigh 160 pounds, played volleyball, basketball, and threw shot and disc. She is 5’7’’ tall. Now…

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Graves’ Disease and Pregnancy

A woman with Graves’ disease faces difficult choices when she considers pregnancy. Though the fetus is at far more risk than the mother, both may be temporarily or permanently affected by her condition and its treatments. Unfortunately, there is no way to monitor or predict the effect on the fetus of any treatment given to…

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