Press Release for Doctors to Customize (MS Word Document)
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release for Doctors to Customize (MS Word Document)
USE YOUR LETTERHEAD
For Immediate Release Contact: Doctor’s name
Thyroid Imbalance? Target Your Numbers
Local Endocrinologist to Highlight January’s Thyroid Awareness Month
[Your city, State] (Month XX, 200X) – Over 27 million Americans have overactive or underactive
thyroid glands, but more than half remain undiagnosed. To highlight the importance of a healthy
thyroid during Thyroid Awareness Month this January, thyroid expert Dr. [Insert Name] of [Insert
practice] will speak at [Insert location], [Insert day] at [Insert time].
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland found just below the Adam’s apple. It makes thyroid
hormones, which are chemicals that affect the function of many of the body’s organs including the heart,
brain, liver, kidneys and skin. If your thyroid is not working properly, neither are you.
• More than 8 out of 10 patients with thyroid disease are women.
• Fifteen to 20 percent of people with diabetes and their siblings or parents are likely to develop thyroid
disease (compared to 4.5 percent of the general population).
• Nearly 1 out of every 50 women who become pregnant in the U.S. is diagnosed with hypothyroidism
(underactive thyroid) during pregnancy.
• Six out of every 100 miscarriages are associated with thyroid hormone deficiency during pregnancy.
• The incidence of hypothyroidism increases with age. By age 60, as many as 17 percent of women and
9 percent of men have an underactive thyroid.
The TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test is a simple blood test that measures the appropriateness of
the thyroid gland’s hormone production. It is very important for patients with thyroid imbalance to know
their TSH and Free T4 numbers. The optimal TSH range is 0.3 to 3.0 mIU/L. Patients should talk to their
doctors about their Free T4 numbers since laboratory ranges can vary.
Endocrinologists are physicians who specialize in the study of glands, hormones and metabolic processes.
They are trained to diagnose and manage endocrine diseases, such as thyroid disorders, obesity, and
[Insert short bio]
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), www.aace.com, is a professional
medical organization with more than 5200 members in the United States and 84 other countries. Founded
in 1991, AACE is dedicated to the optimal care of patients with endocrine problems, including thyroid
The American Thyroid Association (ATA), www.thyroid.org, is the North American professional society
for physicians and researchers specializing in diseases of the thyroid gland. The ATA promotes
excellence and innovation in clinical care, research, education, and public advocacy. For more
information, visit www.thyroid.org.
Thyroid Awareness Month is sponsored by AACE, in cooperation with the American Thyroid Association,
and supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Laboratories.