A Rise In Cases of Thyroid Disease
As more and more people are being diagnosed with thyroid problems, it’s hard not to question why and what is causing this uptrend? Many researchers and medical professionals will tell you science is just getting better at detecting the signs and symptoms of thyroid disease. However, other factors that play into a person’s risk for thyroid dysfunction, like stress, radiation, and pollutants are more prevalent than ever before.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2002, found that Iowa and North Carolina women married to farmers using such pesticides were at much higher risk of developing thyroid disease than women in non-agricultural areas.
According to Dr. Whitney S. Goldner, lead researcher on the study, 12.5 percent of the 16,500 wives evaluated developed thyroid disease, compared to between 1 and 8 percent in the general population.
You might be thinking, “Well, I guess I’m safe since I don’t live on a farm.” But you would be wrong. An article written in Scientific American states that trace amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers most certainly end up in some of the food we eat.
Most pesticides contain toxins that have actually been shown to trigger thyroid problems.
What can you do?
Pesticides are everywhere, but you can follow these helpful tips to reducing your ingestion of them, therefore potentially reducing your risk of thyroid disease.
- Buy organic, locally grown produce.
- Wash your fruits and veggies.
- Grow your own produce.
- Use natural solutions to treating your house for pests.
The reasons why some people, more often women than men, are more prone to thyroid disease, are still unknown. Many cases can be connected to simple genetics, but researchers are finding evidence that indicates exposure to pesticides may play a bigger role in thyroid dysfunction than previously believed. So, make changes to reduce your pesticide exposure to possibly reduce your risks of thyroid disease.