In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about thyroid dysfunction and the effects it can have on your feet. Dr. Reminga begins with an overview in regards to Thyroid disease and then talks more specifically about its relationship to the feet. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the lower neck. This gland is largely responsible for a wide range of body activities. For instance, the thyroid gland releases hormones and regulates many aspects of your health such as; your breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems such as hands and feet, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, cholesterol levels and much more. And, if you’re a woman over 35, your odds of having a thyroid disorder are quite high… more than 30% according to some estimates. Women are also 5-8 times more likely to have a thyroid problem than men and 1 in 8 women will likely develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.

Why are so many affected by thyroid disease? Interestingly and... unfortunately there are a number of theories but no hard answers. The role of the thyroid gland is so wide-ranging and intricate that it continues to surprise and amaze medical researchers. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and more than half that number... don’t know it. Listen today’s program as Dr. Reminga discusses the relationship of Thyroid Disease and the effects it can have on your feet.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.