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The Thyroid Gland: Respite Care And Advice On The Butterfly-Shaped Gland

Jan 26, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan

As your loved one begins to age, you will likely notice that they experience a number of symptoms and they are all considered to be normal. Some of the common symptoms experienced include restlessness, fatigue, sadness, and similar. While these are common symptoms, respite care workers want you to know that these symptoms can also indicate that there may be an issue with the thyroid gland. If you or your loved one suspect that the thyroid gland is not functioning correctly, it is time to take a trip to the doctor.

Since the thyroid is responsible for the regulation and production of T3 and T4 hormones, it is vital that there is no imbalance that occurs. If an imbalance does occur, respite care experts warn that one of two conditions can form – hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Seniors may experience symptoms when their thyroid is not working properly, but some seniors do not experience any symptoms at all. Hypothyroidism can be treated through hormone replacement therapy and hyperthyroidism is treated using radioactive iodine.

If your loved one does not have a thyroid condition, respite care experts suggest that your loved one work to reduce their risks of developing either condition. To reduce the risks of hyperthyroidism, seniors should stop smoking, avoid caffeine, and reduce their overall stress. To reduce the risks of hypothyroidism, seniors should make sure they wear a thyroid collar when having x-rays performed, avoid fluoride, and eat a diet low in gluten.

The respite care team at Comfort Keepers is committed to helping your loved one understand more about their thyroid and what they can do to reduce their risks of developing hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. If you would like to learn more about our services, do not hesitate to call our office. 

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