RCLS and the Effects of Thyroid Disease
As it is coming up to the end of the month, Randox Clinical Laboratory Services would like to take the opportunity to raise awareness for Thyroid disease. January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a full month to raise more awareness about the thyroid gland, the symptoms and why it is vitally important for our overall health and well-being.
What is Thyroid disorder:
Although the thyroid is a small, butterfly-shape gland in the base of the neck, it is very important for our body as it influences the function of the body’s most important organs including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. 1 It also regulates our rate of metabolism, growth and development and even our body temperature. Therefore, thyroid gland plays a key role to our health and well-being.
Thyroid disorder is very common throughout the world. One in twenty people in the UK are affected by Thyroid disorder 2. The symptoms of having Thyroid Disease aren’t obvious consequently why the disease is known as “the silent disease”. You could have the disease without being aware because it often develops over several years before you get an obvious symptom.
The Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is one of the two most common thyroid disorders.
The underactive thyroid is when your thyroid gland produces less thyroid hormones than it should cause by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland and damaging it. 3
Although the symptoms usually develop slowly and doesn’t seem like a serious health indicator, according to the NHS3 the following are the common signs of hypothyroidism:
- Being sensitive to cold
- Weight gain
- Slow movements and thoughts
- Muscle cramps / weakness
- Dry and scaly skin
- Irregular or heavy periods
- Pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers.
It is vital that an underactive thyroid is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to prevent long term problems such as high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, hearing loss, angina and even a heart attack. The silent disease can also lead to further complications such as Goitre. 3Goitre is when there is abnormal swelling of thyroid gland which causes a lump to form in the throat. It could also result in pregnancy complications for women for example, pre-eclampsia, anemia, birth defects, premature or even stillbirth/miscarriage.
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is also a common thyroid disorder but it complete opposite of hypothyroidism. This disorder is where the thyroid gland produces extra levels of hormones which can be unpleasant and result serious health problems 4.
The NHS also stated the symptoms of the overactive thyroid which includes the following:
- Nervousness / anxiety
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
- Tiredness and weakness
- Sensitivity to heat
- Irregular heart rate
- Weight loss
If an overactive thyroid isn’t treated or controlled properly it can consequence further problems for example, problems with eye vison, pregnancy complication such as premature birth or miscarriage and a thyroid storm when there is a life-threatening flare-up of all the symptoms.4
Although, thyroid disease is silent It is extremely vital that everyone is aware of the symptoms of both thyroid disease to prevent the long-term effects and have a long healthy life.
Randoxs Thyroid Free Arrays:
Randox Clinical Laboratory Services offers Randox Thyroid Arrays enable simultaneous determination of the following thyroid hormones in a single patient sample on our Evidence Investigator.
- Thyroid Free Array
- Free thyroxine (FT4)
- Free tri-iodothyronine (FT3)
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
- Thyroid Total Array
- Total thyroxine (TT4)
- Total tri-iodothyronine (TT3)
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
For more information about our Thyroid Array or Evidence Investigator email email@example.com
This December, treat your friends and family to the greatest gift of all. The gift of health.
Throughout the month, Randox Health are offering a free Specialised Test, Cough, Cold & Flu, with every Everyman or Everywoman Programme purchased.
Examining up to 150 different indicators of health in your body! The programmes are among the most advanced in the world with our Signature Programme being the most advanced, examining up to 350 different indicators of disease and ill-health. This is due to our advanced technology.
The perfect gift, or perhaps Christmas treat for yourself? These 12-month programmes are guaranteed to give you the most advanced picture available of your current health status.
This month, each programme also comes with a free Cough, Cold & Flu check worth £100.
What is the Cough, Cold and Flu check?
In a world where warnings about antibiotic resistance make daily headlines, Randox Health is helping people take back control.
Antibiotics are used to prevent and treat antibiotic infections. But they don’t work for everything. Taking them when we don’t need them can enable dangerous bacteria that lives inside us to become resistant. That means if you need antibiotics in the future, they may not work. As the NHS says, this puts you and your family at serious risk.
Only bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, so finding out what’s behind your infection is essential.
With the Randox Health Cough, Cold and Flu test one swab can detect and identify the cause of 21 respiratory infections in just five hours. With this knowledge, you will find out what’s treatment is going to be appropriate for you.
Take the guesswork out of getting better and book your Cough, Cold and Flu test either as a standalone check or for free with or Everyman or Everywoman Programme.
Specialised tests are available at our clinics in London, Liverpool, Holywood and Crumlin, and also through our innovative mobile health clinic. Gift cards can be purchased from as little as £20.
To find out more about the offer or to purchase the most thoughtful of Christmas presents – a gift card for the ‘gift of health’ – please phone our team on 0800 2545 130. You can also drop them an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride has stated that antibiotic resistance is now the greatest risk to human health and medicines worldwide. Dr. McBride said; “Currently 700,000 people die worldwide each year from drug resistant infections and this figure is forecasted to reach 10 million deaths by 2050, if the problem is ignored.”
It is rather alarming therefore that 70% of GPs admit that they prescribe antibiotics when they are unsure if they are treating a viral or bacterial infection. By prescribing antibiotics for viral infections, which can’t be combatted with antibiotics, patients are being exposed to antibiotics which are of no benefit.
John Lamont, Lead Scientist at Randox Laboratories, said that “Current diagnostic testing for respiratory infections takes at least 36 hours to confirm the nature of an infection, and they cannot name and categorise infections as bacterial or viral is the way our new respiratory test can.”
At Randox, our pioneering R&D teams have developed a revolutionary swab test for respiratory infections which indicates the cause of the infection and whether a patient needs antibiotics or not. This helps to limit the amount of patients who are prescribed antibiotics, reducing antibiotic resistance.
The Randox test, which can rapidly detect and identify the cause of 21 respiratory infections in just 5 hours, can also subsequently determine the appropriate antibiotic drug treatment for patients.
This test, if adopted by GP surgeries, could allow medical practitioners to make the correct treatment choice on the same day as examination and before patients have already begun a precautionary course of inefficient antibiotics. It would also have additional efficiency savings for the NHS, by eliminating the need for lengthy microbiology lab tests and unnecessarily prescribing drugs which are not needed. This new rapid and accurate test will give the GP confidence in their diagnosis of respiratory infections and will allow for quicker treatment if necessary, which benefits patient outcomes.
The test is also available as a Randox Health Cough, Cold & Flu offering, and can be carried out by booking an appointment with Randox Health at our clinics in Crumlin, Holywood or London, or by arranging the mobile clinic to visit you at your home or place of work.
So what action can we take to limit the looming antibiotic resistance crisis?
- Ask your GP if tests will be performed to make sure you even need antibiotics and that the correct antibiotic is prescribed.
- Take the antibiotics as prescribed. Make sure you complete the prescribed course, even when you start feeling better. This makes sure that all bacteria from your current infection are eradicated, leaving none behind that could potentially develop resistance to your antibiotic.
- Only take antibiotics prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antibiotics. Taking the wrong medication will delay correct treatment and allow bacteria to multiply, and potentially develop a resistance to the antibiotic you are using incorrectly.
Find out more about the Cough, Cold & Flu Respiratory test here.
Book an appointment with one of our clinics, or arrange the mobile clinic, by phoning 0800 2545 130 or by clicking here.
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