Pituitary Disease-Disorder Affects 1 In 5
In the United States today, over 1 million people are living with HIV, another million people are living with Parkinson's Disease. And 1.3 million adults were diagnosed with cancer last year. An estimated 60 MILLION PEOPLE in the United States have pituitary / hormonal disease or disorder and the majority of them are unaware of it.
Diagnosing pituitary disease and disorders in the past has been difficult. Doctors are now beginning to recognize symptoms such as unexplained depression, mood swings, memory loss, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, excessive hair growth and weakness in limbs.
"This is an important finding that indicates pituitary tumors and related hormonal disorders are more common than previously thought and suggests many effected individuals remain undiagnosed," states Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, Director, Neuro-Endocrine Tumor Center at Saint John's Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. "Given that most pituitary hormonal disorders are readily treatable, health care professionals should have a low threshold to investigate for such disorders in patients with complaints or symptoms that may be hormonal in origin."
The pituitary is a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain that functions as the "MASTER GLAND." It sends signals to the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes, directing them to produce thyroid hormone, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and more. These hormones have dramatic effects on metabolism, blood pressure, sexuality, reproduction and other vital body functions. In addition, the pituitary gland produces growth hormone for normal development of height and prolactin for milk production.