According to the American Thyroid Association, an astounding 15 million Americans suffer from an undiagnosed thyroid condition and yet only about forty percent of patients are diagnosed. Additionally, women are five to eight times more likely than men to suffer from thyroid disease.
I interviewed Denise Roguz on the Fempower Health Podcast. She is one of the co-founders of ThyroidChange, a thyroid health information website. She and her co-founder, Michelle Santonastaso, were two struggling thyroid patched patients who met through social media channels. They started by creating a petition and trying to gather like-minded people, practitioners, other patient advocates to create something to support the lack of adequate thyroid health care.
Georgie Kovacs: How does one diagnose a thyroid condition and why is it so hard to diagnose it?
Denise Roguz: Part of it is the symptoms overlap maybe with other conditions. Common symptoms include