Where to Find Reliable Thyroid Disease Information

Admit it. You’ve done it. You suspect you have a thyroid problem or have recently been diagnosed with thyroid disease, so you grab your laptop, fire it up, and begin a deep dive into the hundreds upon hundreds of sites that claim to offer the latest and most relevant information about the thyroid.

While being an active and engaged patient is important, filtering through the vast amount of content available on the internet to find reliable information can be a daunting task.

Not to worry--here is a listing of several reputable resources that you can have confidence in.

Thyroidawareness.com

Twice selected by popular health information website Healthline™ for a “Best Blogs” award, thyroidawareness. com features comprehensive content created and curated by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (www. aace.com) members who are thyroidologists, experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of thyroid diseases.

The website offers an easy-to-understand overview of the thyroid gland and how it functions, as well as comprehensive information about common thyroid disorders and their treatment, from hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules to thyroid cancer and thyroid disease in pregnancy. Downloadable educational PDFs about various thyroid conditions are also featured on the site: thyroidawareness. com/educational-resources.

A companion site created by AACE physicians, empoweryourhealth.org, contains a number of in-depth articles to expand your knowledge about thyroid disease.

Endocrinediseases.org

This patient education site is sponsored by the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), whose members are committed to providing surgical expertise in diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and neuroendocrine tumors. In addition to providing background information in diseases of thyroid function, the site includes detailed information regarding pre-operative testing, main types of thyroid surgery, what to expect during the recovery process and circumstances in which observation of the patient is elected in lieu of surgery. Patients can also access the AAES Surgeon Finder tool to search for high-volume thyroid/ endocrine surgeons located around the country.

GDATF.org

Established in 1990 as the National Graves’ Disease Foundation, the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation provides online (and offline) education and support for Graves’ disease patients, their families, friends and healthcare professionals. Its website includes a list of support groups around the country, frequently asked questions about Graves' disease and other thyroid-related illnesses and more.

Hormone.org

Included in the Hormone Health Network site, sponsored by international medical association the Endocrine Society, are descriptions of common thyroid conditions and downloadable handouts in English and Spanish. The site is designed to help patients and their physicians have more informed discussions about hormones and health.

Thyca.org

Thyca.org is the website of ThyCa (the Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association), an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of thyroid cancer survivors, family members and health care professionals. The group maintains current information about thyroid cancer and offers support services available to patients at any stage of testing, treatment, or lifelong monitoring for thyroid cancer. The site also serves as a resource for anyone interested in thyroid cancer survivors’ issues.

Keep in mind that the information provided by these sources is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for proper medical care. If you suspect you have a thyroid issue, your best course of action is to see a specialist in thyroid diseases. To start your search for a physician in your area, visit the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ "Find an Endocrinologist” page at: www.aace.com/resources/find-an-endocrinologist.