Video B-Roll Available Via CNW - Alberta ranks No. 1 in Canada for adults
diagnosed with thyroid disease, new research finds

    14 per cent of Albertans report being diagnosed with thyroid disease,
    compared with nine per cent of adults nationwide

TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The following video is available by satellite or by CNW's Broadcast On-Demand web download:

STORY SUMMARY: The survey also found that two-thirds of young Canadian adults had symptoms common to thyroid disease and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but many had never heard of thyroid disease. 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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