The SBS Life thyroid articles are designed to help raise public awareness about the importance of optimal thyroid health.
Why is optimal thyroid health so important?
Your thyroid produces hormones which once released into the bloodstream help the body use energy and stay warm. These hormones also help fire up all your organs and body systems such as your brain, heart, and muscles.
These thyroid hormones are essential from conception right through to the senior years. They work on all tissues throughout the body, at all ages.
What’s An Autoimmune Thyroid Disorder?
These articles shine the spotlight on the topic of autoimmune thyroid disorders which are extremely prevalent in the Australian population.
An autoimmune thyroid disorder occurs when the immune system produces antibodies that specifically attack the thyroid. Left untreated an autoimmune thyroid disorder can lead to serious harm to the thyroid and overall health.
There are three main autoimmune thyroid disorders; Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s disease, and Postpartum Thyroiditis which develops after pregnancy.
What’s the difference between these three thyroid disorders?
Grave’s disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism while Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and postpartum thyroiditis are the most common causes of hypothyroidism.
You will discover these three SBS Life Thyroid Articles discuss each thyroid disorder in more detail.
#1 SBS Life Thyroid Articles – Hashimoto’s Disease: A Poorly Understood Chronic Illness
It’s estimated that around 850,000 Australians live with a thyroid issue. Despite the prevalence, thyroid health issues are often misunderstood, even overlooked.
# 2 SBS Life Thyroid Articles – What is Grave’s Disease?
Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disorder causing hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid, and an abnormally high production of the thyroid hormone. Although it’s Australia’s most common thyroid health issue, very few people have heard about the disease. Furthermore, the medical community offers no real reason why it strikes one person over another.
So what do we know about the disease?
# 3 SBS Life Thyroid Articles – What is Postpartum Thyroiditis?
Having a baby should be one of the most rewarding experiences in a woman’s life. But for up to 10 per cent of women who develop an autoimmune thyroid dysfunction, post-pregnancy, giving birth signals the start of a serious chronic illness that could be temporary or last a lifetime.
Jacqueline Malafiej tells of her experience living with Postpartum Thyroiditis.