The lady who gives away free automobiles and made the red velvet cake a household dessert has admitted on "Good Morning America" and in the October issue of her magazine "O," that she suffers from an autoimmune disorder that makes her thyroid both overactive and underactive.
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, many people who share Oprah's malady are unaware that they suffer from an autoimmune disorder. Furthermore, women are found to be four times more likely than men to suffer from thyroid disorders, possibly due to reproductive hormones.
"Potent physical or emotional stress can cause an overactive thyroid in those people who have the underlying genetic background," says endocrinologist, Peter A. Singer, who also outlines some telltale signs of an underactive thyroid condition and also those of an overactive thyroid condition in the LA Times articles, "Thyroid Disease, A Silent Menace."
In a nutshell, if you are ridiculously rich and feeling overly stimulated or particularly sluggish after committing a gesture of unparalleled daytime TV charity, you should consider making an appointment with an endocrinologist in your area. It is also popularly believed that you should seek treatment for egomania.
Dr. Peter A. Singer, M.D. has clinical interest in Pituitary Disorders, Thyroid Disease, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is Professor of Clinical Medicine, Chief of Clinical Endocrinology, and Director of the Thyroid Diagnostic Center at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.