Thyroid disease is now a prevalent health concern affecting an estimated 60 million Americans, according to studies done by the American Thyroid Association or ATA. Yet, about 60% of those afflicted are not even aware of the disease.
Health Testing Centers around the country are now providing an easy way to detect thyroid problems without a doctor’s visit. It aims to promote thyroid health awareness and early intervention. The test procedures are fast and 100% accurate.
Anybody who is 18 years old and above can order and pay for the thyroid test online. The whole testing procedure occurs in a nearby accredited laboratory. Results are ready within five to seven days. In the case of values that are not within the normal range, the test provider will inform patients immediately.
The government joins the campaign to share the importance of health and overall wellbeing. Businesses encourage their employees to screen for possible diseases and educate them about available healthcare programs, which include thyroid testing.
The thyroid testing process screens for diseases such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and Grave’s disease and provides information on the treatment program needed.
Hypothyroidism is a condition when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to provide the needs of the body to function correctly. It results in weight gain and a decrease in heart rate. It can also lead to fatigue, joint and muscle pain, and intolerance to cold.
4.6% of the US population ages 12 years old and above have hypothyroidism.
The opposite, hyperthyroidism, is a condition where the body produces too much of the thyroid hormones. It accelerates the body’s metabolism, which causes sudden weight loss and rapid or irregular heartbeat. Other symptoms include nervousness, anxiety, and irritability. It also can lead to tremors in the hands and increased sensitivity to heat.
One out of every 100 Americans have hyperthyroidism; amounting to about 1.2 % of the US population.
Hyperthyroidism may lead to Grave’s disease, if left undiagnosed. There are an estimated 30% of people with Grave’s disease that show signs of Grave’s ophthalmopathy. This is where inflammation and other irregularities in the immune system affect muscles and tissue around the eyes. Signs and symptoms include a bulging and gritty sensation in the eyes, light sensitivity, and puffy or retracted eyelids.
Thyroid testing can evaluate if these symptoms stem from thyroid problems. The blood test will measure the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH. The TSH is the primary hormone that regulates the thyroid gland.
If the TSH level is high, the thyroid function is low, which results in hypothyroidism. On the other hand, a low TSH level will result in a hyperthyroidism diagnosis. Available tests can measure the levels of other thyroid hormones like triiodothyronine and thyroxine. To further diagnose any underlying conditions, the doctor will require imaging tests and biopsies.
The American Thyroid Association warns that thyroid disease, if left undiagnosed, puts patients at an increased risk of severe conditions such as cardiovascular disease, infertility, and osteoporosis.
Early detection is the key to living a healthy life even with problems concerning the thyroid. The thyroid test results will help the doctor formulate a critical treatment plan. Medications at a cheaper cost are available in most pharmacies.
The ATA commonly prescribes thyroid hormone testing for adults 35 years old and above and for pregnant women. Three thousand locations around the US are available for testing, making it more convenient for people to schedule this important test.https://icrowdnewswire.com/2019/12/13/health-testing-centers-are-now-offering-fast-accurate-thyroid-screening/
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