Prevalence of Hypopituitarism in Veterans – 42%

Why are they not doing something with this information? At least 2 million of our Veterans are needlessly suffering when treatment is available!!

Research shows about 24% of US Veterans who return home from war suffer from PTSD. (With 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces as of 2014, that means about 5.2 million Veterans suffer from PTSD.) Research shows 42% of those Veterans who come home with PTSD actually have Hypopituitarism, and when treated, their PTSD symptoms (including depression, and other mental and physical health disorders) actually go away!

That means at least 2 million Veterans in the United States are needlessly suffering from undiagnosed hypopituitarism. And of Veterans diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury from war, the percent who may have hypopituitarism could be as high as 80%.

What is hypopitutarism? It’s when the brain is not able to send signals to cells throughout the body to control all things homeostasis. Everything metabolic. Everything that makes you human. Blood, heart, bone, and muscle function, mental health, sleep cycle, reproductive function, ability to heal and fight infection, and much more. Without these brain signals, you are always unwell, and sentenced to a life of illness and certainly an early death.

When you google “Veterans and PTSD,” about 25 million results come back. When you google “Veterans and Hypopituitarism,” only 226,000 results come back. Yet nearly half of Veterans with PTSD actually have hypopituitarism. This awareness should spread like wildfire, 2 million veterans may get their lives back.

So why aren’t they getting a diagnosis? Because doctors don’t know to look for the symptoms and they don’t know the proper tests. The only doctors who are taught about Hypopit are endocrinologists, and they are taught that it is rare. They are misinformed by their textbooks and, admittedly, due to lack of research, there is gross missing information. Hypopit patients find medical professionals actually know very little about diagnosis, testing and treatment. Often times, Hypopit patients are put on anti-anxiety pills and antidepressants, instead of the treatment they need. A bandaid doesn’t fix a bullet hole, it may cover it up for a little while, but the problem still exists. We need the textbooks to teach doctors that Hypopit is not rare and we need to teach them that anyone who has symptoms and has experienced a traumatic event should be properly tested.

2010 – A recommendation was made by AMSUS (the Society of the Federal Health Professional) for hormonal testing of veterans who sustained and sort of traumatic brain injury.

Military Medicine – “Recent civilian data obtained in those sustaining head injuries, has found a high prevalence of pituitary dysfunction. Currently, there is no data available in the military population. We reviewed the literature for traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related hypopituitarism and found that the prevalence of anterior hypopituitarism may be as high as 30–80% after 24–36 months. Since many of the symptoms of hypopituitarism are similar to those of TBI, it is important to make clinicians caring for combat veterans aware of its occurrence. Herein, we provide an overview of the literature and recommendations for hormonal testing when TBI-related hypopituitarism is suspected.” Read the full article here:

http://publications.amsus.org/doi/abs/10.7205/MILMED-D-09-00189

2013- Science Daily reported, “Up to 20 percent of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have experienced at least one blast concussion. New research suggests that nearly half these veterans may have a problem so under-recognized that even military physicians may fail to look for it. A new study conducted by Charles W. Wilkinson, Elizabeth A. Colasurdo, Kathleen F. Pagulayan, Jane. B. Shofer, and Elaine R. Peskind, all of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington in Seattle, has found that about 42 percent of screened veterans with blast injuries have irregular hormone levels indicative of hypopituitarism.” View the article here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422102029.htm

2013 – American Physiological Society (APS). “Nearly half of U.S. veterans found with blast concussions might have hormone deficiencies.” <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422102029.htm>.

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