Thyroid Awareness Month: Thyroid Testing Your Employees
One of the best ways to kick off the New Year is making sure your employees are operating at maximum health. Each winter, it is normal to see your coworkers with red noses and tissues in hand, but many of them may be dealing with an illness they do not even know about.
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and issues with the thyroid can go unnoticed for a long time. Here is what you need to know to ensure employee wellness in your company this year.
What is Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid diseases include a variety of conditions including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and thyroid cancer. The thyroid is one of the most important organs in our bodies. It controls many of our hormones and regulates numerous automatic functions, like heartbeat and metabolism.
When an individual is suffering from a thyroid disorder, he or she may have subtle symptoms that make their day to day living a challenge. These symptoms can include brain fog and poor memory, inability to withstand cool or hot temperatures, and difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. While they may be manageable at first, thyroid symptoms can lead to extremely serious consequences if left untreated.
Why is Thyroid Testing Important?
Thyroid testing, usually called “TSH testing” within the medical community, tells us how well the thyroid is functioning. It is the key preliminary test that lets us know if something is going wrong with this vital organ. A thyroid that is overactive or underactive in a laboratory report may indicate an individual has an underlying thyroid disorder, which additional testing can then uncover.
Many doctors do not perform routine thyroid testing on their patients, despite how overwhelmingly quick and easy it can be. Because this preliminary testing is often missed, individuals may suffer for a long time without answers.
Those dealing with undiagnosed thyroid problems may write off their everyday symptoms as aging, day to day stress, or simply feeling unwell. However, the reality is that if they were diagnosed and treated, their quality of life and productivity (at work and home) could greatly improve!
We Can Help!
Hanson Medical Systems, Inc. can help you raise awareness about this dangerous condition and provide you with point of care testing devices for it. Our HMS Diagnostix TSH-Thyroid Test offers a quick and reliable way to ensure your employees are up to date when it comes to their thyroid health. One quick fingerstick is all that is needed. The sample is mailed to our laboratory, and within 24 to 48 hours we can provide you with accurate results.
While testing is one of the most important things you can do for your thyroid this January, Hanson Medical Systems, Inc. offers a host of resources available to you and your employees. Our services include onsite testing, healthcare consulting, corporate wellness programs, and much more! Dealing with a thyroid condition goes beyond testing positive for it. It involves a lifetime of education, resources, and lifestyle changes that we can give your employees access to.
Remember, healthy employees are happy employees, and good preventative healthcare can save your company down the road. Celebrate Thyroid Awareness Month this January, and give your employees the healthy start they need this year!