Do You Know?

As far back as 1552 B.C scientists and physicians have documented the symptoms. Frequent urination and emaciation. An example was given that ‘ants are attracted to the urine of people who are affected’. In 150 A.D. Arateus a Greek physician described the disorder as “The melting of flesh and limb into urine” Fast forward hundreds of years to the ‘Water Tasters’, these folks would actually taste a patients urine to determine if it was sweet as a means of diagnosis.

Early treatments usually entailed being encouraged by your physician to obtain regular exercise, generally the recommended routine was horseback riding as this was believed to mitigate the frequent urination issue.

As more time goes by and more information is discovered¬† people with the ailment are better able to be treated. In the 1700 and 1800 hundreds many advances were achieved, such as the role diet plays, so patients were then encouraged to only eat the meat and fat of animals or to ingest large amounts of sugar. It was in the 1800’s that doctor’s achieved the ability to chemically test for the disease using a patients urine. A French physician Apollonaire Bouchard found that as a result of food rationing in the early 1870’s, due to the Franco-Prussian war, a patients symptoms improved. Thus the fad diet craze is born.

Boston scientist Elliott Joslin, became the leading expert in the disease when he published the first Textbook related to treatment of the condition in 1916. In this text it is written that a fasting diet in conjunction with regular exercise could greatly improve a patients survival rate. Still today diet and exercise are considered key components to managing this disease.

Yet even with this information and following a strict regiment it wasn’t enough to prevent many a premature death. The process to find a treatment for the disease began and the first break came in 1889 when researchers from the University of Strasbourg, Oskar Minkowski and Joseph von Mering found that by removing a dogs pancreas the disease could be induced. In 1908 a German scientist of Jewish heritage, Georg Zuelzer found that by injecting a patient with a pancreatic extract they could achieve better control of the condition. This finding led to what is still the most effective therapy that can be used as treatment today.

We’ve come a long way since then thankfully, and strides are made everyday in the best ways to treat this disease.

Do you know what it is? Tell me in the comments below.

In the meantime I hope each and everyone of you is as good as you can possibly be and that tomorrow is even better.

Heidi

Hypothyroidism- Underactive or Inactive Thyroid Gland…What does it do?

Think of your body as you would if it were a business, you have the CEO, V.P.’s, Upper Management and Middle Management and of course all of the non-management employees of the various departments within the business contributing to the whole. Even though the Thyroid is the largest gland of the Endocrinne system it is not the Big boss, as it does what the Pituatery Gland dictates based on what the CEO (Hypothalamus) has ordered. The Thyroids position would probably be considered Upper Management and a position without which a ton of work would either be below quality standards or not getting done at all. So your chain of command looks something like this

Hypothalamus portion of Brain

Pituatery Gland

Thyroid Gland

Hormones

Super Highway (blood stream)
Cells

The Brains Hypothalamus communicates with the Pituitary gland giving it the ideas and plans it wants implemented. Then the Pituitary gland dictates the parameters and guidelines for these implementations to the Thyroid gland who in turn loads all the data into the¬†hormones fondly referred to as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine or tetraiodothyronine), abbreviations are much easier to pronounce, and sends them out via the super highway of the circulatory system the blood stream. Like glorious dolphins the hormones travel through the blood stopping at each and every Cell-‘boat’ passing on production information and verifying the appropriate levels needed for optimal performance. T3 and T4 hormones have their thumbs in some pretty crucial pies. For example Nerve Function, Stimulating the heart to contract, making certain normal growth and brain developement are occuring as well as making sure nutrients and cholesterol are being used properly.

When you are living with Hypothyroidism all of these important functions are not being overseen in a beneficial manner, so replacements are brought in by using synthisized hormone prescription medication, such as the brand Synthroid or generic name Levothyroxine. Some of the most common indicators for potential Hypothyroidism could include-

  • Forgetfullness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • puffy face
  • horse voice
  • inexplicable weight gain that is very hard to lose
  • stiff tender and swollen joints and muscles
  • High cholesterol and much more.

Many things can and may go wrong if the thyroid isn’t doing its job, but it is really good at covering its tracks see, because a lot of the indicators can also be symptoms of other problems. The test to determine your thyroid status is easy to have done by your doctor using some of your blood, with treatment easily available.

Know your body… Ease you mind, if you have an inkling that some of the experiences you’ve been enjoying (not) are because of your Thyroid slacking off then for sure hit your Doctor up about it and don’t be shy.

Hope you all have had a great weekend and that your week is even better. Til next time Y’all.