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Goiter - A condition of an Inflamed Thyroid Gland
Goiter Recurrence Having gone through the experience of an initial goiter condition, most patients likely are not interested in experiencing the situations again. However, it can happen that when using drugs or treatments for other conditions that impact diet or metabolism, thyroid impacts can occur as well. This in turn can cause a re- occurrence of goiter. Documentation has been on file that some insulin growth drug treatments or skin-growth drugs have a side effect of triggering goiters as well. Both of these types of drugs have been found to have monkeyed with the hormone-producing functions of the thyroid. While not a common occurrence, the side effect is enough that it has been tracked internationally with recommendations to reduce such drug treatments when the side effect occurs. Additionally, cases have found when developing areas that have had their diets boosted with iodine supplements to offset thyroid problems and goiter are cut off from iodine supply, rapid goiter re-occurrence can manifest. In many such countries the cessation of thyroid-diet problems are easy to put into place, but the large challenge is maintaining the cure for an ongoing period. Many times the issue boils down to cost for providing the iodine supplements and who is going to pay for them. When the money runs out, impacted communities suffer as iodine deficiencies set in with a vengeance, particularly among children. Cultural Reaction Goiter simply doesn't occur very much in modern U.S. communities due to current food products. However, just changing some basic approaches to available food product can result in unintended consequences. When the Atkins Diet became the rage, men everywhere loved it. Here was a weight-loss plan that subscribed to one of the biggest attractants of male food interests: red meat. By focusing on a high consumption of protein and reducing other foods, the Atkins Diet also threw off iodine consumption. The result was a significant number of men developing goiter and having to undergo treatment to reverse the condition. In the third world, the appearance of goiter can seem disturbing to tourists and visitors not used to seeing the condition. It should also work as a reminder that some of the most simple things we take for granted in developed nations are simply unavailable in such countries. It shows how fragile our development actually is before we too can return to such conditions quickly.