New Thyroid Awareness Website Launched in Paisley Theme as part of Thyroid Awareness Month in January

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The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland found just below the Adams’ apple. The thyroid produces hormones that influence essentially every organ, tissue and cell in the body. As many as 30 million Americans have thyroid dysfunction, although more than half remain undiagnosed.

A new website www.ThyroidAwareness.com is being launched in conjunction with January being Thyroid Awareness Month. The website is presented in a blue paisley theme by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists as an informational source for both people with thyroid dysfunction and the general public to learn more about the thyroid.

“We have created many valuable resources on www.ThyroidAwareness.com,” said Yehuda Handelsman, MD, FACP, FACE, FNLA, and President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. “Website visitors can learn how the thyroid works, get answers to frequently asked questions, find the top ten facts about thyroids, find an endocrinologist in their area and learn about specific conditions and treatment options.”

Hyperthyroidism, or over-active thyroid, occurs when the thyroid produces too much hormone. Conversely, hypothyroidism or an under-active thyroid, occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. Common thyroid symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, weight gain or loss, and enlargement of the thyroid.

“ThyroidAwareness.com is a valuable tool to help increase public awareness of the thyroid and improve recognition of thyroid symptoms,” said Daniel S. Duick, MD, FACP, FACE, Past President of AACE and President of the American College of Endocrinology. “Our ultimate goal is that all cases of thyroid dysfunction be properly diagnosed and treated, and public education must play a significant role in that effort.”

The website is presented in a blue paisley theme to complement the blue paisley ribbon introduced this month as the icon for Thyroid Awareness. Visitors to the website may request a free blue paisley ribbon lapel pin to demonstrate support for thyroid awareness.

For more information on the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, click here.