Learn More About the Thyroid This January
Show of hands – how many people know what the thyroid does? The thyroid is that small gland located in the bottom part of your neck that is shaped like a butterfly. It secretes hormones and help deliver energy throughout your body.
Now why is it important? If you have issues with your thyroid, it can affect your entire body.Â TheÂ hormones the thyroidÂ secretes influences your metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.Â Â Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month, I thought you all should know more about it.Â
There are a number of conditions that can affect the thyroid.Â The most common ones are…
- Hyperthyroidism (when the thyroidÂ produces too much hormone)
- Hypothyroidism (when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormone)
- Goiters (thyroid swelling)
- Nodules (abnormal mass or lump on the thyroid)
- Thyroiditis (inflamation of the thyroid)
- Graves Disease (an autoimmune disease where the thyroid is overstimulated)
- Thyroid Cancer (cancerous cells or masses found in the thyroid gland)
When your thyroid is not working properly, it can affect your day-to-day life.Â Oprah Winfrey made her thyroid issues public in a December 2008 article in her O Magazine.Â The thyroid is not something to fool around with, and if you’re having trouble, you need to speak to your doctor.
I was concerned about my thyroid recently due to some random medical issues.Â The doctor performed a simple blood test and we found out that my thyroid is functioning properly.Â I am very greatful for knowing this now, and hope that if you’re having trouble, you check it out as well.
If you’d like to learn more about thyroid disease and treatments, please visit the American Thyroid Association website.
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