If you have fatigue, constipation, dry skin, brittle hair, and are feeling mild depression, you could have an underactive thyroid gland. On this webcast listen to an experienced endocrinologist discuss this condition affecting that small gland under your Adam’s apple, which affects about 30 million people. Dr. Alan Failor is an endocrinologist and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Failor joins host Andrew Schorr for a discussion on this common but under-diagnosed condition.
Some estimates indicate up to five percent of all women develop hypothyroidism at some time during their life. Dr. Failor describes what symptoms to look for, what causes it and what exactly hypothyroidism is. He also goes into detail about what to expect from specific medications and treatments. Finally, Dr. Failor answers questions from callers. These questions address the use of Armour Thyroid, Graves’ ophthalmopathy, goiters and various symptoms that patients suffer from.
The good news about underactive thyroid is patients tend to feel better within a month after they start proper treatment for hypothyroidism. If you suffer from underactive thyroid or think you might be suffering from it, listen to this webcast to learn more. You will hear specific stories from patients, learn about the treatments available and learn more about what your symptoms might mean.
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Alan Failor, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UW MedicineDr. Alan Failor is Director of the University of Washington Medical Center Endocrinology Clinic and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He completed his fellowship in the division of metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition at the University of Washington. Dr. Failor is board certified in internal medicine. more >