Are You Having Problems with Your Thyroid?
The thyroid gland is considered an endocrine gland, meaning that it’s secretions, or hormones are released directly into our body’s extracellular fluid. From there it is passed into our capillaries and moved by the bloodstream to targeted areas of the body.
Located at the front base of the neck, in front of the trachea, it is the largest gland in the neck and shaped similar to a butterfly. It’s job, using the iodine from our diet, is to create a thyroid hormone that regulates the speed of our metabolism.
What does the thyroid hormone affect?
Along with regulating our metabolism, the thyroid affects other parts of our body as well:
- It can increase the heart rate
- Cause bone loss
- Determine how quickly the body makes and uses sugar
- Change the health and growth rate of your hair and fingernails
- Affect how well you sleep
- Impact weight management
When the thyroid isn’t functioning correctly…
Typically, women are affected more with thyroid problems than men, and that risk increases with the aging process.
- Thyroid Cancer – a common type of cancer that a relatively large number of patients have a good chance of surviving.
- Goiters – making it difficult to breathe or swallow, a goiter occurs when the thyroid becomes enlarged. Some have enlarged to the point that they actually spread into the chest area. Goiters are often removed not only for cosmetics, but because they add pressure to our esophagus and our trachea.
- Thyroiditis – caused by inflammation in the thyroid gland can cause pain and fever. It can also be an indication of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
- Hypothyroidism or Thyroid gland failure – is a fairly common problem and is caused when not enough thyroid hormone is produced. Many women experience this condition during pregnancy. Symptoms may include depression, memory loss, cramping muscles, loss of hair and weight gain.
- Hyperthyroidism or an over active thyroid – is caused when too much of the thyroid hormone is produced. It can cause the heart beat to be irregular and/or increase in speed and hardness, fatigue, sleeplessness, shortness of breath or trembling.
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