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MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: THYROID: NIDDK Publishes Fact Sheets About Thyroid Disorders

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Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 16:54:42 -0400
From: "NIH OLIB (NIH/OD)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: NIDDK PUBLISHES FACT SHEETS ABOUT THYROID DISORDERS



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIH News


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
<http://www.niddk.nih.gov/>



For Immediate Release: Friday, September 26, 2008



CONTACT:

Mary M. Harris

301-496-3583

e-mail:

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NIDDK PUBLISHES FACT SHEETS ABOUT THYROID DISORDERS



Thyroid problems affect as many as 27 million Americans. Among the most
common problems are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. To help people
learn more about thyroid disorders, the National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), has produced four new fact sheets for consumers and health
care providers.

The thyroid, a two-inch-long, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front
of the neck, produces two hormones that affect critical body functions,
including metabolism, brain development, breathing, heart and nervous
system functions, body temperature, muscle strength, skin dryness,
menstrual cycles, weight, and cholesterol levels. When the thyroid gland
makes more thyroid hormone than the body needs, a condition known as
hyperthyroidism develops. Conversely, hypothyroidism occurs when the
thyroid gland produces inadequate amounts of hormone.

  -- Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism. These two fact sheets explain the
causes, symptoms and risk factors for these opposite conditions, as well
as diagnosis and treatment. The fact sheets are available online at


<http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/Hyperthyroidism>


and


<http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/Hypothyroidism>



  -- Graves' Disease. A related fact sheet entitled Graves' Disease
provides information about this autoimmune disorder, which is the most
common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. People with other
autoimmune diseases -- such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and
vitiligo, a disorder in which some parts of the skin are not pigmented --
have an increased chance of developing Graves' disease. The fact sheet is
available at


<http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/graves>



  -- Pregnancy and Thyroid Disease. This fact sheet addresses how
pregnancy affects thyroid function, the causes of hyperthyroidism and
hypothyroidism in pregnancy, and how thyroid disease affects mother and
baby. One condition that develops after pregnancy is postpartum
thyroiditis, an inflammation of the thyroid gland that appears 1 month to
8 months after giving birth. Thyroiditis can cause stored thyroid hormone
to leak out of the inflamed gland and raise hormone levels in the blood.
The condition causes a brief period of hyperthyroidism, often followed by
hypothyroidism that usually lasts less than a year before the thyroid
heals. However, in about one in five women, the hypothyroidism is
permanent. For a copy of this fact sheet, visit
<www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/pregnancy>.


The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service is part
of the NIDDK. The Information Service is located at

6 Information Way,
Bethesda, MD 20892-3569

1-888-828-0904 (phone)

1-866-569-1162 (TTY),

703-738-4929 (fax)

e-mail:

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<http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov>



The NIDDK, a component of the NIH, conducts and supports research on
diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases,
nutrition and obesity; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
Spanning the full spectrum of medicine and afflicting people of all ages
and ethnic groups, these diseases encompass some of the most common,
severe and disabling conditions affecting Americans. For more information
about the NIDDK and its programs, see


<http://www.niddk.nih.gov>



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- The Nation's Medical Research
Agency -- includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational
medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures
for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its
programs, visit


<http://www.nih.gov>



##



This NIH News Release is available online at:
<http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2008/niddk-26.htm>




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