The Natural Thyroid Diet
The thyroid gland is located in the lower front of the neck, on both sides of the trachea. The major thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones stimulate the DNA in the nuclei of cells to increase protein synthesis and oxygen consumption and are therefore vital to the body's metabolic activities. Thyroid hormones are released from the thyroid gland into the bloodstream under the influence thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland. There are many types of specific thyroid disorders, but this listing concerns hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The most common form of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease, also known as diffuse toxic goiter, and this disorder is frequently seen by the SSA. Hyperthyroidism can almost always be controlled with drugs, radioactive iodine to suppress the function of the gland or with surgery. Hypothy-roidism is also a common disorder, but is almost always easily treatable with a tiny once-a-day tablet of...
The comments under Listing 9.02 apply here, especially regarding clinical manifestations of thyroid disorders. For the child's condition to be severe enough to meet the listing, the child must have the thyroid disorder that satisfies or below. Hyperthyroidism with clinical manifestations despite prescribed treatment. Once such a clinical manifestation of uncontrolled hyperthyroidism is established such as through abnormal heart rhythms or weight loss laboratory tests must verify increased thyroid hormone levels. Additionally, 1, 2 or 3 must be present. The normal reference values of the particular testing laboratory should be used regarding the tests mentioned by the listing. This is particularly important in children because the normal values of thyroid hormone levels vary with age. 2. Elevated thyroid uptake of radioactive iodine. 1. IQ of 70 or less. Infants with hypothyroidism who are not treated may have permanent brain damage with resulting mental retardation, a condition known...
There are two little parathyroid glands each buried in the right and left part of the thyroid gland. Although they are within the thyroid gland, the parathyroid glands are separate glands that produce parathyroid hormone (PTH). PTH is important in regulating the way the body uses calcium. About 90 of cases of hyperparathyroidism are caused by a benign tumor in a parathyroid gland.
Hypoparathyroidism means abnormally low parathyroid hormone (PTH) output from the parathyroid glands, which are inside the thyroid gland. A frequent cause of this disorder is damage to the parathyroid glands during thyroidectomy, a complication that might not become apparent for years after surgery. When PTH levels are too low, blood calcium levels fall. The risks of hypoparathyroidism are those associated with this hypocalcemia.
Endocrine disorders affect the structure or functions of the body due to too much or too little hormone production. If the hormone disorder affects the function of other organ systems, evaluation should be done under the appropriate listing. For example, increased thyroid hormone could result in an abnormally fast heart rate and heart failure. That part of the impairment would be evaluated under the listings dealing with heart disease (Chapter 19). Lack of insulin could cause retinal disease with loss of vision. That disorder would be evaluated under the listings for visual impairments (Chapter 17). Many hormonal disorders respond to medical treatment, particularly if the only action necessary is replacement of the deficient hormone.
Thyroid abnormality on other body organs and your response to treatment. Also see the description of possible complications under the comments about the listing above and discussion of RFC under whatever other listing is being considered. It should be pointed out that the majority of cases of thyroid disorder can be treated so well that RFC restrictions are not required.
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