When the thyroid is not working properly, the body is not using energy at the rate is should be and can cause many different health problems.
Thyroid disease is broken down into two main categories:
1. Hypothyroidism which is an underactive thyroid include - fatigue, constipation, depression, hair loss, weight gain, dry skin, hoarse voice, muscle aches, forgetfulness, and lack of mental clarity.
Treatment: Hypothyroidism - would be a gradual hormone replacement therapy.
Hypothyroidism is more common in adults over 60 and steadily increases with age. As many as 1 in 4 nursing home residents have hypothyroidism that goes undiagnosed.
2. Hyperthyroidism which is an overactive thyroid include - the functions of the body tend to speed up and cause symptoms such as excessive perspiration, rapid heart rate, slight tremors, increased bowel movements, weight loss, nervousness, fatigue, lack of mental clarity, and irregular heart rhythms.
Treatment: Hyperthyroidism can include - antithyroid drugs and radioactive iodine.
It is not uncommon for thyroid disease to look like heart or bowel disease or a nervous system disorder. Therefore, in older adults who may only present a couple of the symptoms of thyroid disease, it may go undiagnosed.
Testing: Usually a blood test and imaging test can be used to diagnose thyroid disease.
Thyroid disease is primarily a genetic disease
Prevention: Suggestions include proper exercise, reducing stress, not smoking,RDA Iodine.
Requirements: lifelong follow-up for the more common Hypothyroid disease
Because lifelong follow-up is required, a great option for your loved one would be to hire a caregiver who can accompany them to their doctor appointments, and take notes recording what the doctor suggests. This will aid them to have an improved quality of life. If the doctor changes their medications, the caregiver can take note of it for you.
If you or your loved one is dealing with a diagnosis of thyroid disease and you need some extra help, call ElderCaring to find out how we can help. We will connect you with a qualified caregiver to help make life easier and enhance quality of life for you and your loved ones. You don’t have to do this alone. If you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, we can come alongside you to provide respite care and give you time off for yourself. We have full-time and part-time options.
Call today to set up a free in-home consultation to discuss your options.