In this part . . .
T hese chapters clue you into some special situations that can affect your thyroid, such as medications you take for other conditions. You discover the genetic link to thyroid diseases and what scientists are doing to try to prevent their transmission from one generation to the next. I also synthesize the latest findings in thyroid treatment to help you stay informed and up to date. Certain groups of people are affected differently from the rest of us by thyroid disease. These include pregnant women, children, and elderly people. Their special needs are taken up in this part. Plus, there is plenty you can do to keep your thyroid happy and making those essential hormones in the right quantities. The last chapter in this part discusses some ways you can manage your body so that thyroid function takes place in a healthy environment.