"Thyroid Disease May Be The Reason You Feel So Bad" - Terry F. Davies, MD
Thyroid disease is an under-recognized problem that can profoundly affect your day-to-day life. Getting the right treatment can be so transformative that patients will often say, "I didn't realize how bad I was feeling for all of those years." Researchers estimate that thyroid disease affects as many as 10 percent of adults in the United States. Yet millions of Americans remain undiagnosed. The red flags of thyroid disease are unexplained weight gain or weight loss, depression or anxiety, palpitations, and sweating. Terry Davies, MD, professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and co-director of the thyroid center at Mount Sinai Union Square said, “Another sign of a thyroid problem is a lump in the neck that you can feel, which may indicate that you have developed a nodule, or small growth, on your thyroid. This diagnosis is confirmed by an ultrasound exam and may involve taking a biopsy.” Patients with overactive thyroids can take medications to control their hormone levels. If that doesn't work, we can take out the malfunctioning thyroid gland by surgery, or destroy it using radioactive iodine. Dr. Davies added.
- Terry F. Davies, MD, FRCP, Professor, Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Director, The Thyroid Center, Mount Sinai Union Square