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      CHICAGO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ via Individual Inc. — A
      nationwide women’s study reveals a significant lack of
      understanding about thyroid disease, even among those who
      experience three or more of its common symptoms. Not
      knowing about the symptoms or the consequences of thyroid
      disease may help explain why more than half of the
      estimated 13 million cases of thyroid dysfunction in America remain undiagnosed(A)

      Tackling this widespread unawareness, the American
      Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and Olympic gold
      medalist Gail Devers have joined forces to launch “Your
      Thyroid: Gland Central,” a nationwide campaign designed
      to help answer the need for thyroid education. Chicago is
      the first “station stop” in a nationwide Gland Central
      whistle-stop tour, which was kicked off in New York City
      on October 8.

      “Gland Central is a wake up call to American women about
      a disorder that affects five to eight times as many women
      as men,” says Nancy R.G. Church, M.D., a women’s health
      specialist at Wellness Connections in Chicago and a
      member of the AMWA. “The thyroid hormone influences
      essentially every organ, tissue and cell in the body. And
      when thyroid disease goes undetected and untreated, it
      can elevate cholesterol levels, cause long-term organ
      complications and may lead to irregular menstrual cycles,
      infertility and worsening osteoporosis.”

      The initiative seeks to alert women about the thyroid’s
      “central” role in the body, enable them to recognize
      early signs and symptoms, familiarize them with high risk
      groups, and finally, to encourage them to get a simple
      test for thyroid dysfunction.

      “We are pleased that Chicago women will benefit directly
      from this important health campaign and hope that they
      begin to recognize the tell-tale symptoms of thyroiddisease,” adds Dr. Church.

      Teaming up with AMWA to build thyroid awareness is
      three-time Olympic track and field gold medalist Gail
      Devers, who personally struggled to overcome thyroid
      disease. “Thyroid disease could have cost me my dreams if
      I had let it go undetected,” says Devers. “Looking back,
      I was exhausted all the time and my body felt like it was
      out of control, but now with treatment I feel perfectly
      fine. No woman should have to suffer what I went through
      — and hopefully, she won’t if she knows the signs and
      symptoms of thyroid disorder to look for.”

      The importance of detecting thyroid dysfunction is
      supported by a recent study published in the Journal of
      the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study
      proposes routine testing for mild thyroid failure among
      the general adult population, concluding that thyroid
      screening is as cost-effective as screening for more
      commonly tested medical conditions such as high
      cholesterol, high blood pressure and breast cancer.

      “What the JAMA study shows is that testing for thyroid
      disorder is a cost- effective health strategy in
      preventing mild cases of underactive thyroid from getting
      worse,” says E. Chester Ridgway, M.D., division head of
      endocrinology at the University of Colorado. “Thyroid
      testing makes sense for the adult population at large,
      particularly for those who are at high risk such as women
      and the elderly.”
      The nationwide women’s study, conducted by Louis Harris,
      is titled “Tracking Fatigue in America.” It involved over
      1,000 women aged 40 and older, the group at greatest risk
      for having a thyroid disorder. Aimed at determining how
      much and how often American women experience fatigue (a
      common sign of both over- and underactive thyroid
      conditions), the study found that 41 percent of women had
      fatigue for no obvious reason in the past year. Of these
      women, 57 percent said they experience fatigue three or
      more times a week. Other major findings include:

      — Nearly two-thirds of women (65 percent) do not know
      what hypothyroidism

      means (underactive thyroid).

      — More than half of women (51 percent) experienced three
      or more symptoms

      commonly associated with hypothyroidism over the past
      commonly associated

      with hypothyroidism, 75 percent did not discuss all these
      symptoms with

      a doctor.

      Thyroid Disorder Difficult to Detect

      Hypothyroidism is the most common form of thyroid
      disorder. It is at least four times as prevalent as
      hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. Yet,
      hypothyroidism, often remains undiagnosed because its
      symptoms are easily confused with other common problems
      associated with aging, menopause or stress. “So many of
      my patients simply assume that their fatigue and other
      physical problems such as mood swings, depression and
      muscle weakness are due to daily pressures,” says Dr.
      Church. “Because of the vague nature of these symptoms,
      people often don’t suspect there might be a medical
      reason for them.”

      Fortunately, even mild hypothyroidism can be detected
      with a sensitive TSH test, and can be safely and
      inexpensively treated with daily synthetic thyroid
      replacement hormones.
      “Thyroid disorders often go undiagnosed partly because
      information is not reaching women,” says Dr. Church.
      “With Gland Central, we’re driving home the importance of
      the thyroid gland with a clear and compelling message:
      the thyroid is central to the normal functioning of the

      The campaign offers free thyroid testing in each city.
      Following the Chicago event, “Your Thyroid: Gland
      Central” will continue to Atlanta and Los Angeles in
      November, and throughout other U.S. cities during 1997.

      “Your Thyroid: Gland Central” is sponsored by the
      American Medical Women’s Association, a national
      organization of 13,000 women physicians and medical
      students, dedicated to promoting women’s health,
      improving the professional development and personal
      well-being of its members, and increasing the influence
      of women in all aspects of the medical profession.

      TSH testing for this program is being made possible by a
      grant from Bayer Corporation, Diagnostics Division, part
      of Bayer’s worldwide Business Group Diagnostics. The
      nationwide campaign is being underwritten by Knoll
      Pharmaceutical Company.

      (A) Wood, Lawrence C., David S. Cooper, and E. Chester
      Ridgway, M.D., “Your Thyroid, A Home Reference,” (New
      York: Ballantine Books, 1995). SOURCE American Medical
      Women’s Association

      Understanding ‘Gland Central’

      — Of the women who experienced three or more symptoms

      Key Findings From Women’s Study

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        Personally, I would rather have not known – just died happy – you know – quality, not quantity.

        I got the name of a chelation outfit. Got it from a massuese, of all places. I have an appointment Nov. 4.


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