Jan 26, 2018 by Garrett Hafler
Seniors can experience a wide number of symptoms as they start to age and many of these symptoms are normal. You may hear that your loved one is sad, fatigued, or even restless. These symptoms are generally normal, and you do not need to worry about them, but home care services providers want to alert you that these symptoms could signal a deeper issue too. Problems with the thyroid gland can share similar symptoms and when your body makes too much or too little of T3 and T4 hormones, your loved one will experience wither hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
If you have noticed your loved one’s symptoms progressing or appearing out of nowhere, home care services providers recommend that you speak with your senior’s care provider. He or she will be able to have a thyroid screening performed to check for any issues. Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can be treated. Hypothyroidism is treated with hormone replacement therapy and hyperthyroidism is treated with radioactive iodine.
Even if your loved one does not have any symptoms present, this does not mean that their thyroid is working perfectly. To reduce the risk of hyperthyroidism, home care services professionals say seniors should avoid caffeine, smoking, and reduce their stress. To reduce the risk of hypothyroidism, seniors should reduce their intake of gluten, avoid fluoride, and wear a thyroid collar when they have x-rays performed.
Home care providers can help your loved one if he or she suffers from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. It is important that these disorders are diagnosed early on so that treatment can be provided. If you would like to learn more about the home care services offered by the Comfort Keepers team, contact our office today. Our team also recommends that if you think your loved one may have a thyroid problem, you should speak with their care provider.