/R E P E A T -- Video B-Roll Available Via CNW - It's that time again!
Changing seasons often blamed for symptoms that may signal thyroid disease/

    
    Two-thirds of young Canadian adults had symptoms common to both thyroid
    disease and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the past 12 months - but
    had never heard of thyroid disease
    

TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The following video is available by satellite or by CNW's Broadcast On-Demand web download:

STORY SUMMARY New research reveals in the past 12 months 63 percent of Canadians aged 18 to 24 years have experienced symptoms common to both thyroid disease and SAD. The thyroid gland, often called "gland central", produces the hormones that regulate our growth, maturation, speed of metabolism and sensitivity to other hormones. More than 2.4 million adult Canadians said they had been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. It is estimated that another 2.4 million may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Untreated thyroid disorders may lead to heart disease, clinical depression, osteoporosis and infertility. In pregnant women, an untreated thyroid disorder may increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, learning disabilities and other developmental problems in children.

More prevalent among Canadians over age 50, menopausal and pregnant women, thyroid diseases may also strike teens and young adults. Mood swings, weight gain or loss, depression and fatigue are symptoms common to both SAD and thyroid diseases.

    
    B-roll footage includes:

    -   Interview with leading endocrinologist Dr. Andree Boucher
    -   Dr. Boucher examining hypothyroidism patient
    -   Interview with young adult hypothyroidism patient Maggie, diagnosed
        in her teens
    -   Scenes of Maggie performing everyday activities
    -   Interview with Ashok Bhaseen, President, Thyroid Foundation of Canada
    -   Animation depicts:

        -  Healthy thyroid gland developing into diseased thyroid gland
        -  Underactive thyroid (under-production of hormones) vs overactive
           thyroid (over-production of hormones)
        -  Map showing regional prevalence of thyroid disorders in Canada

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