World Thyroid day

World Thyroid day, a message from Dr. Thierry Hertogue, president of The International Hormone Society (IHS)

Today is World Thyroid Day.

Thyroid is a key hormone. Thyroid hormones stimulate the secretions of many other hormones: growth hormone, adrenal hormones (cortisol, DHEA …) and sex hormones (including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone). Treating thyroid hormone deficiency improves the levels of other hormones. Thyroid hormones also increase: the blood flow, the energy production, the speed of thinking, the metabolism, the immune system (against various infections and cancer), good cholesterol HDL (and lowers the bad cholesterol: LDL), …

Be careful, a thyroid hormone deficiency is much more common than you think. According to scientific studies linking thyroid hormone levels to disease risks, more than 50% of patients could have at least a moderate degree of thyroid insufficiency. Despite the suspicion of a high frequency of intermediate states, many patients are not treated.

Why? Because there is a partial interpretation of the tests. It is not enough to be within the reference values to be healthy and have good thyroid levels. Indeed, reference values are statistical values, not health values. The health or optimal values for each person are in a small portion of the reference interval (the interval between the upper and lower limits given by the lab, where very few people are).

Did you know that …

  • The physical signs of hypothyroidism are: swollen physical appearance with swollen face and bags under the eyes, overweight, dry, rough, brittle and thick hair, but swollen by myxedema, a tendency to diffuse hair loss, …
  • Thyroid hormones are great antidepressants! They give us happiness and peps in the morning.
  • By eating protein in the evening, you aggravate your thyroid insufficiency (because the conversion of pro-hormone T4 into the most active thyroid hormone, T3, is slowed down all night).
  • Thyroid hormones accelerate the elimination of waste in and between cells.
  • Hyperthyroidism is characterized by: nervousness, a feeling of heat, excessive sweating, weight loss …

Keep healthy,

Dr. Thierry Hertoghe