Tag: thyroid hormone

Newsbriefs: Statins; Thyroid Cancer; Heart Attack Test

Should You Take A Statin To Prevent Heart Disease?
In late 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its 2008 recommendations on statins for the prevention of heart disease (JAMA, Nov. 15, 2016). After weighing benefits and harms, they now suggest adults age 40-75 with no history of coronary artery

How to Find a Thyroid Doctor or Endocrinologist

How to Find a Thyroid Doctor or Endocrinologist

Thyroid hormones affect every single cell of your body, profoundly impacting how you think, look, and feel. About 20 percent of women and 10 percent of men have abnormally low thyroid hormone levels.

Without enough thyroid hormones, you can become depressed, cold, and tired. Your hair can fall out and you

Managing Menopause Gracefully

Managing Menopause Gracefully

The realization that conventional hormone replacement therapy increased cancer and heart disease risk was a devastating blow to millions of women who were desperately seeking relief from hot flashes, brittle bones, and weight gain. Fortunately, today there’s another option that is quite effective and much safer.

How to Make Sure You’re Getting the Right Amount of Nutrients

Research finds that half of seniors aren’t getting the recommended nutrients. Revamping your diet and taking supplements can put you back on track. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most older adults are able to consume all of the nutrients they need via a healthy and varied

When Your Symptoms May Be Signaling Thyroid Disease

About 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid condition, according to the American Thyroid Association. The most common thyroid diseases have been identified as autoimmune diseases—conditions in which your immune system attacks healthy tissue rather than attacking only foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.

“Thyroid disease is more common

Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

Whole Grains, Defined

Since 2000, whole-grain (WG) intake has been included among the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In the 2005 and 2010 Guidelines the message states, “Eat at least 3 (one)-ounce-equivalents of whole grain daily, and at least half of all grains consumed should be whole grain.” Studies show that,

Q&A: Oatmeal; Agave; Iodine; Avocados

Q. Because I’ve read about health benefits from green tea and coffee, I’ve taken to adding a teaspoonful of ground coffee beans and the contents of a green tea bag to my oatmeal. Is that equivalent to, or maybe even better than, drinking a cup of coffee and a cup

Q&A: Seafood; Soy; Pill Timing; Supplements

Q. You frequently emphasize the importance of fish in one’s diet. I eat little fish but do eat significant amounts of shrimp and crabmeat. Does this qualify?
A. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans made this distinction: “Seafood is a large category of marine animals that live in the sea and in freshwater

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