Thursday, February 9, 2017

SCAN Symposium Topic-- Thyroid Disorders: Butterflies, Cramps, Chills and Weight Gain

It is estimated that 27 million Americans have thyroid disorders, half of which are undiagnosed. Although thyroid function is influenced by factors such as stress, autoimmunity, and chronic disease, diet—including intake/status of iodine, iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin D and overall calories— plays an important, often underrecognized role. The first part of this session will review thyroid function and endocrinology with emphasis on current understanding of the role of key nutrients in hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and euthyroid sick syndrome. Emerging research supporting the role of nutrition and other dietary factors in optimal thyroid function will be discussed. The second part of this session will focus on biochemical, clinical and dietary assessment for thyroid disorders and the appropriate medical nutrition
therapy, culminating with interactive case studies. This information will be helpful for dietitians working with patients in all of SCAN’s practice areas including wellness, weight management, sports, cardiovascular disease and eating disorders.

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