Shes Got the Look: How Kim Alexis Overcame her Thyroid Problem

By Bryan Campbell

It was a relatively warm August morning when I first met supermodel Kim Alexis. I was with a production crew arriving at Kim’s house to tape a public service announcement to help raise awareness of thyroid disease. It didn’t take me long to realize that Kim Alexis isn’t just a supermodel, she is also a supermom.

As it turned out, we were arriving at Kim’s house on the day that she was packing up her house for a move. There was a moving truck in the driveway and boxes as far as the eye could see. But Kim maneuvered all of this gracefully, taking time to work with our crew on lighting, locations, and everything, while also packing boxes, managing a house full of strangers, and taking care of her teenage son.

Kim did all of this with an almost endless supply of energy; bouncing from one activity to the next without pause, keeping the rest of us on our toes. But there’s a reason for Kim’s high energy level; she doesn’t take it for granted. That’s because just a few years ago, she was losing her energy completely.

The fashion world of a supermodel is non-stop. So is the life of a mother. So when Kim noticed that she was running out of energy for no apparent reason, she grew concerned. That’s when she saw an endocrinologist and discovered that she had a thyroid problem. Specifically, she had a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition that left her body with too little thyroid hormone.

Kim began taking medication to balance her thyroid levels, and today she says she feels ten years younger. You can hear Kim’s own personal message at our website, www.EmPowerYourHealth.org. Kim’s story is a common one. More than 25 million Americans have some form of thyroid malfunction. The most common condition is an underactive thyroid. However, signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid can sometimes be overlooked. Unexplained fatigue, forgetfulness, weight gain, and dry, itchy skin can all be features of hypothyroidism.

Of those 25 million people with thyroid disease, more than half remain undiagnosed. That means more than 12 million people may be experiencing symptoms like Kim, and don’t know what is causing them.

For many thyroid patients, the solution can be as simple as a thyroid hormone replacement pill. That was the case with Kim. Within a few months of beginning her treatment, she felt better and noticed the fatigue and other symptoms she had been experiencing had gone away.

There is no permanent cure for thyroid disease. In fact, once you are on the proper medication, you’ll want to see your physician or endocrinologist regularly to make sure you are keeping your levels in check. Often, as the body changes, different dosages of thyroid hormone will be needed to ensure proper levels in your body.

An endocrinologist is a thyroid specialist. If you need to find an endocrinologist in your area, log on to www.EmPowerYourHealth.org, and click "Find an Endocrinologist” located under the Resources section. You can search by location and specialty to find the doctor that is right for you.