Make any New Year’s Resolutions?

A New Year’s resolution does not have to be made on New Year’s Eve! In fact, any time is a great time to focus on your health…

As we have mentioned in a previous posts, January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body’s overall well-being. In our previous post we discussed two common diseases associated with the thyroid gland: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism. We also listed some of the signs and symptoms for both.

Are you experiencing sudden weight loss for no known reason?
While this could (finally!) be an answer to all those nightly prayers cast out to the universe, or karmic retribution for always being the one to volunteer for the PTA events, it could also mean that you are experiencing health problems. Such signs should not be taken lightly. Yes, it is often easier to ignore or put up with our various signs/symptoms and put off that call or visit to the doc. After all, we are busy people, right? But, it is worth noting the obvious — that we only get one body in this lifetime. So resolve to pay attention. Listen. Note the subtle or not-so-subtle changes in your body and speak with your physician if you have been experiencing any of the noted signs or symptoms. Taking control of your health is worth the investment and peace of mind it will give you.

What to ask your Physician:
1. Could the signs and symptoms I have just be related to the aging process and/or menopause?
2. What is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), how is it measured, and what should my target number be?
3. What else besides TSH levels are important for making sure my thyroid condition is under control?
4. Why are more people than ever being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and should I be checked for it?

What to ask your Pharmacist:
1. What is the difference between a generic thyroid hormone pill and a brand name thyroid hormone pill?
2. Will you notify me in advance if you switch my thyroid medicine from the brand name I normally use to a generic?
3. What time of day is best to take my thyroid hormone pill?
4. May I take my thyroid medication with food, other medications, vitamins or supplements?
5. Can any of my other medications affect my thyroid?

ClearSpring is very familiar with compounded medications for your thyroid issues. Our pharmacists can work with you and your doctor to restore thyroid health and hormone balance.
ClearSpring Pharmacy is located in Cherry Creek and Littleton, Colorado.

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