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Format: 04/23/2014
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WTAE-TV: Guidelines Changed For 'Normal' Thyroid Levels

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Millions of Americans have problems with their thyroid gland that can make them tired, gain weight and feel depressed.

Channel 4 Action Mews anchor Michelle Wright reported that there's a big change in how people are diagnosed and it means more of them might get the treatment they need to feel better.

"My joints hurt really bad. I'd bend down and they would hurt. I just associated this from having a new baby," Debbie Corigliano said. "I was always tired. I would cry. I, just, my heart would palpitate. I just didn't feel like myself."

Corigliano's doctor diagnosed her with hypothyroid, which is common, especially in women and especially after pregnancy.

"Hypothyroidism is much more common. In fact, women over the age of 50 -- about 20 percent of the women have hypothyroidism," said Dr. Wayne Evron, of West Penn Allegheny Health System.

To read more, visit the WTAE website.

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