Think It’s Menopause? Think Again. It Could Be Your Thyroid.
This is my site Posted on | December 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

In ymaryour 40s or 50s? Tired? Erratic periods? Low sex drive? Gaining weight? Losing hair? Think it’s (peri)menopause?…Think again!There are 40 million American women, born from 1949 through 1964, who fit the category of,  (and who identify themselves as), “Baby Boomers.” We want to feel and look young, and menopause is no exception. But at the same time, we’re faced with fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes, depression, brain fog, sleep problems, and more.

But what you may not know is that the drop in reproductive hormones frequently triggers a thyroid slowdown — a “thyropause” so to speak — that can be the main cause for your troublesome symptoms. In fact, by the age of 60, it’s estimated that half of all women have a thyroid condition.

The Thyroid Can Affect Nearly Every Aspect of Your Health. Most of you who have a thyroid condition don’t know it yet. Even if you do get a thyroid diagnosis, the majority of you won’t get proper treatment, and that is a problem, because your thyroid problem — whether untreated or treated — can wreak havoc on your overall hormonal situation. 

The fact is, our generation — this “Thyroid Generation” of Baby Boomer women — is facing an epidemic of thyroid disease. But how are we supposed to know if we have a thyroid condition in the first place, and if so, what should we do about it?

And how can we cope with all the related sex hormone issues? In the years when our estrogen and progesterone levels naturally decline, should we forget the worrisome research about estrogen and progesterone treatment, and just go for it, taking side-effect-laden prescription hormones like Prem-Pro and Premarin? Or should we adopt the controversial and untested Suzanne Somers philosophy that all women deserve the hormones of a 20-year-old and use bioidentical hormones? Or should we just eat a lot of soy, rub wild yam cream into our bellies, and hope for the best?

(And why doesn’t ANYONE tell us that perimenopause can actually last ten years?!!)

Actually, all the soy, hormone pills, bioidentical creams, and black cohosh in the world won’t make you or me feel better if the real culprit is a thyroid problem. And for millions of women, the thyroid is in fact the underlying hormonal imbalance that is at the core of our symptoms.

Mary Shoman is the author of  The Menopause Thyroid Solution, and will be our guest on Healthy You!  She is a menopause-thyroid-solution-cover-largethyroid patient advocate, in perimenopause herself  and will help us  understand how to deal with thyroid problems, balance hormones, and make it through the years of perimenopause and menopause with sanity — and health — intact!

She is a patient advocate, author, communications consultant, wife and mother who has transformed her own struggle with thyroid disease into an advocacy campaign on behalf of patients with chronic diseases such as thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, among others.

Mary is also author of the New York Times best-selling book The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss. (2004) “Thyroid Diet” was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Quills Awards in 2005.

In addition to her 2009 release Menopause Thyroid Solution, Mary is also author of Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough, (2006) Living Well With Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism (2005), Living Well With Autoimmune Disease (2003), Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia” (2004), and the Thyroid Guide to Hair Loss (2006).

So join me for this informative conversation with Mary Shomon.

To your health!

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