If you’ve ever wondered whether your thyroid is in tip-top condition, you’ve probably also picked up that it can be pretty complex. Many health practitioners outside the NHS bemoan our health service’s less than nuanced investigations into thyroid health. But what we do know is that when it’s out of whack, the fallout can have far-reaching effects.

Founder of Duyu Care, Marie Peinert’s own thyroid health journey inspired her to found the brand. Following her diagnosis of an autoimmune thyroid condition, she quickly discovered traditional healthcare wasn’t armed with the correct tools to holistically support her. Having only been offered medicine that suppressed the body’s biochemistry rather than boosting thyroid health, she wanted to develop a better and more holistic solution to improving thyroid health, which in turn led to the creation of Duyu Care.

But first things first: what is the thyroid?

A small but mighty butterfly-shaped endocrine gland situated in the neck, it plays a crucial role in hormone production, metabolism, bone health, mood, fertility, and more. Given its broad role, it's unsurprising that thyroid imbalances can have far-reaching consequences on your health.

What is Duyu Care?

Duyu Care, founded by Marie Peinert and Raphael Reuben, has recently launched in the UK with its first product, Thyroid Hero®. Leading with a proactive approach to thyroid care and born with a mission to serve more than 800 million people worldwide impacted by thyroid conditions, it is offering a new standard in thyroid health and a ground-breaking supplement that supports optimal thyroid function and overall health.

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Having published an extensive Thyroid Health Survey*, the results highlighted that fewer than one in 10 (7%) understand thyroid conditions even though 45% admitted they were or knew someone who was suffering from a thyroid condition. Thyroid issues are among the most under-diagnosed, misunderstood, and prevalent health challenges facing people today.

Compounding the issue, thyroid health is a landscape cluttered with conflicting advice and pervasive myths, making it even trickier to make the right call when it comes to your thyroid health. Here, Duyu Care’s expert team outlines five things that most people don’t know about the thyroid and how it impacts our health.

* Research carried out by Research Without Barriers (RWB) - Jan 2024

Your Thyroid Controls Many Systems In The Body

The thyroid might be small, but it has a big impact on our body and mind. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland controls many important systems in the body by regulating the production and release of certain hormones. While its main function is to control metabolism and how the body expends energy, this has numerous impacts on other systems of the body. If your thyroid isn’t working properly, you might notice this with changes to your body temperature, heart rate, energy levels, or cognitive function – to name a few.

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You May Not Know If You Have A Thyroid Condition

Due to the impact on various symptoms in the body, a thyroid condition can often be confused with something else. Studies show that the average time to diagnose thyroid conditions is 4.5 years** and up to 60% of thyroid disorders remain undiagnosed as a result of those subtle, nonspecific symptoms that are wrongly attributed to other conditions. Understanding the root cause of thyroid dysfunction is a crucial first step when developing a plan to rebalance and maintain a healthy thyroid.

** University of Aberdeen. (2023, November 23). The majority of thyroid patients still suffering years on from diagnosis. Retrieved from https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/17040

Adopting A Holistic Approach To Care Can Help Manage Imbalances

Thyroid health is not controlled by one factor but is influenced by various aspects of our lives. Adopting a holistic, whole-body approach by managing stress, food intolerances, and nutrient deficiencies can help you return to full health instead of relying on band-aid solutions that mask the problem and worsen symptoms over time.

Thyroid Hero® offers an industry-first formula that enhances key elements of thyroid health by promoting antioxidant defence, optimising thyroid function, improving stress response and normalising thyroid biomarkers responsible for the production of thyroid hormones.

You Can Fluctuate Between Thyroid Overactivity (Hyper) And Underactivity (Hypo)

Although rare, an individual can alternate between thyroid overactivity (hyperthyroidism) and underactivity (hypothyroidism). Fluctuating between both conditions is dependent on the balance of antibodies present in the thyroid and these can cause a shift from one to the other condition spontaneously. This can impact how the condition is treated as what is right for one may lead to the development of the other.

Medication Is Not The Only Solution For Treating Thyroid Imbalances

Thyroid medication, while necessary in many cases, doesn't actually treat the thyroid, it only masks the symptoms by supplying the body with a hormone that the thyroid should be producing but isn't. Integrating medication with a healthy lifestyle, stress reduction tactics, supplements and regular exercise can help you heal and contribute to overall health and wellbeing. Functional medicine offers an alternative approach to address hypothyroidism and other thyroid-related issues, focusing on underlying factors and lifestyle modification to support healthy thyroid habits.

Disclaimer - Articles published by The Guide are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a suspected/diagnosed medical condition, before undertaking any health related programme, diet or exercise programme.