The Thyroid Sourcebook For Women

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The Thyroid Sourcebook for Women is an indispensable resource for the one in eight American women who suffers from chronic thyroid disorders. This new edition features the latest research on thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer, and their effect on women's health and lives. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the latest medications and treatments, while addressing critical concerns for women such as fertility, pregnancy, postpartum thyroid disorder, ...

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Overview

The Thyroid Sourcebook for Women is an indispensable resource for the one in eight American women who suffers from chronic thyroid disorders. This new edition features the latest research on thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer, and their effect on women's health and lives. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the latest medications and treatments, while addressing critical concerns for women such as fertility, pregnancy, postpartum thyroid disorder, menopause, depression, and weight gain. It also offers candid appraisals of major alternative therapies.

"...authored by an acclaimed medical journalist who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 20... explains the facts & dispells common myths, offering advice on treatment & where women can go for help."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071441612
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Series: Sourcebooks Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 984,243
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Sara Rosenthal, Ph.D., is a bioethicist and medical sociologist. She is author of several widely recommended health books. She is the director of the University of Kentucky Program for Bioethics and Patients' Rights and an assistant professor of bioethics in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She is also consulting bioethicist for several thyroid patient organizations. For more information, visit sarahealth.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: A Woman's Disease xiii
Chapter 1 All About Eve--And the Thyroid Gland 1
What Is a Thyroid? 2
Tracing Thyroid Disease in Your Family 13
Thyroid and Your Menstrual Cycle 15
Thyroid and Contraception 24
The Breast Connection 32
Chapter 2 Signs of Trouble: It Is Not All in Your Head 35
Fast Women: The Hyperalphabet Soup 36
Cold Women: The Hypoalphabet Soup 46
Chapter 3 Fatigue, Depression, and Thyroid Disease 57
Normal Stress and Fatigue 58
Abnormal Fatigue: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 63
Depression or Thyroid Disease? 70
Chapter 4 Fertility, Pregnancy, and the Thyroid 77
Getting Pregnant 77
Being Pregnant 80
After the Baby Is Born 85
Your Baby's Thyroid 93
Chapter 5 Thyroid Disease and Menopause 99
Natural Menopause 100
Surgical Menopause 107
Long-Term Effects of Estrogen Loss: Postmenopausal Symptoms 109
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Thyroid Disease 116
Other Postmenopausal Concerns 126
Chapter 6 Women and Thyroid Eye Disease 131
What Is Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)? 131
Battling the Bulge: Treating TED 137
Drying Your Eyes Out 140
Chapter 7 The Weight and Diet Connection 143
Thyroid Disease and Obesity 143
Making Changes and Cutting Fat 155
Fiber 161
"Iodine Foods" and the Thyroid 163
Chapter 8 The Stress Connection: Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders 167
What Is an Autoimmune Disorder? 167
Other Stress-Related Disorders 179
What Is Stress? 184
Chapter 9 Thyroid Lumps and Thyroid Cancer 191
Investigating a Thyroid Lump 192
Thyroid Cancer 199
Preventing Thyroid Cancer 212
Chapter 10 Thyroid Doctors, Tests, and Treatments 217
The Right Primary Care Doctor 219
When to Get a Second Opinion 224
How to Use a Specialist 230
What the Doctor Orders 233
When Your Doctor Tells You to Take a Pill 242
Glossary 255
Appendix Where to Go for More Information 263
Bibliography 269
Index 279
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