Baywatch actress Gena Lee Nolin has become known for more than her acting skills and beautiful body. She's also championing women's health in a new book: "Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, "Thyroid Sexy" Life" (click for details)....more
Did you know that hair loss affects 21 million women in the United States alone? Probably not. Hair loss was never on my radar. I'm a girl and I'm only 30. Why would it be?
Well, I'm losing my hair.
I haven't admitted it to anyone out of complete and total embarrassment, but there's no denying it anymore. It's gone from being irritatingly thin to me having an actual bald spot. I've hid it, I've cried, but now I've gotta find out what is wrong with me.
January was Thyroid Awareness Month, and since an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease (and up to 60% of them don't even know it), awareness is more important than ever. Could you be one of the millions unknowingly suffering from this complicated medical condition?
Unfortunately, thyroid disease can be very hard to diagnose. Not only can blood tests be inconclusive, but the symptoms are often associated with other health problems.
I look in the mirror these days and see a stranger. Cliche, I know. The twist is that I see a DIFFERENT stranger every day. Sometimes I’m bloated so much that I’m reminded of Graham Greene’s Toad. Sometimes I’m dehydrated enough to have lots of wrinkles and lines from where I slept the night before.
Shortly after I started college, I went to the doctor complaining of overwhelming and unrelenting fatigue. All the tests she ran came back normal and she told me my tiredness was "just life" and that I needed to "sleep more."
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