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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Thyroid Awareness

The new year has ushered in with many heading back to the gym to get in shape. It is a chance for new beginnings. It is also Thyroid awareness month. The thyroid is a small glad that is part of the endocrine system and is located at the base of your neck While small in size the thyroid gland actually has a big job.

The thyroid glad is responsible for various functions including:

  • helps in the bodies metabolism
  • regulates body temp
  • cognitive functioning
  • digestion
The thyroid is one glad that affects the entire body. If it is not working properly one will definitely feel the effects. One problem that may go wrong with the thyroid is known as hypothyroidism. 

Hypothyroidism is the condition where the thyroid gland is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone needed for the body to function properly. There are other conditions as well that are caused by the thyroid gland not working properly. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the the thyroid gland is in over active state. Other conditions that occur when the thyroid does not work properly include Graves' disease and Hashimoto disease both of which are autoimmune disease, goiter, thyroid nodules which are growths on the thyroid gland and thyroid cancer. 

Symptoms of the thyroid dysfunctioning include:
  • Cold hands/feet (hypothyroidism)
  • Dry skin (hypothyroidism)
  • Unexplained weight gain (hypothyroidism)
  • Unexplained weight loss (hyperthyroidism)
  • Loose bowels/diarrhea (hyperthyroidism)
  • Vision issues (Graves’ disease)
  • Difficulty swallowing (goiter/thyroid nodules)

If you would like to learn more are concerned for your own health then you should consult your personal doctor

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