A battle with cancer could turn into a fight for your heart
It’s not the cancer that’ll kill you.
Many common cancers now have high survival rates – and one of the highest of all belongs to thyroid cancer.
If you have this disease, the good news is that you have a 98 percent chance of surviving it.
But a new study reveals the bad news.
You might survive the cancer… but the TREATMENT could leave behind something that could cut your life tragically short.
Both men and women alike face a higher risk of heart disease and other heart problems after winning a battle with this cancer. They’re also more than four times more likely to die of it than folks who manage to completely avoid thyroid cancer.
But guys, you’re facing the much bigger risk here.
Compared to women who survive this cancer, men have a 47 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer, far deadlier than thyroid cancer or any other form of cancer.
It doesn’t need any help killing people, but it’s getting it – because once thyroid cancer enters the picture, not only does your risk of heart disease jump, but your risk of dying of it jumps right along with it.
The study doesn’t show the reason for the risk, but the researchers believe that it may come down to thyroid hormones.
That’s part of it.
But in reality, it’s a lot more complicated.
The real reason for the risk may not be the hormones themselves, but the hormone drugs most people take – and have to take for the rest of their lives – after surgically removing the thyroid.
The drug Synthroid makes it incredibly difficult to maintain the right levels of thyroid hormone, which is why people who take it often have to go in for regular tests to make sure hormone levels don’t jump too high or drop too low.
One way to cut that risk is to get off the synthetic version of thyroid hormone, which contains only thyroxine, a.k.a. T4. Your body has to convert that T4 into T3, which is the form you can put to use, but not everyone can do it very effectively.
Armour, a natural form of the hormones made from pig thyroid glands, contains both T3 and T4 (as well as T1 and T2), so your body gets everything it needs without the effort, and it’s easier to maintain consistent levels.
Don’t make the switch on your own, though. Work closely with your doctor.