Myths About Thyroid Disease DemystifiedJanuary 6th, 2011 - 7:13 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Jan 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) People suffering from ailments relating to the thyroid gland often come across a number of conceptions about the disease. For patients suffering from both hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism, these conceptions often play a pivotal role in affecting the manner in which they cope up with the ailments considering the fact that thyroid diseases are managed with the help of medications. Here is a list of misconceptions and myths which are usually associated with the disease.
One of the common myth linked to thyroid disease is that only elderly people approximately above the age of sixty develop the ailment. Experts say that there is no particular age group during which one might became more prone to the ailment although it is a known fact that older people have twenty per cent more probability of developing thyroid disease. Another misconception normally associated with thyroid ailments is that hypothyroidism patients do not lose weight. Although it is indeed true that in people with low activity of thyroid gland, gaining weight is a common factor, once the condition is treated with proper medication, chances of gaining further weight is automatically reduced.
Another myth linked with thyroid disease is that once you are diagnosed with the condition, you would surely develop an enlarged gland known as goiter despite the fact that most of the patients do not develop the condition under proper treatment. Moreover, contrary to popular belief, people with thyroid ailments often do not have to take medications for life. Another misconception that people suffering from thyroid disease have is that it results in other side-effects which is not entirely true as after the treatment begins, the side-effects often subside with proper medication.
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