Thyroid Disease Awareness

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January 8, 2014 by inspiritpt

Roughly 27 million people world wide have thyroid disease and many more that that are unaware that they even have it. The thyroid glad is a butter-fly shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in our body. These hormones than help the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working properly. Therefore, if your thyroid is not working properly and you are unaware, many things within your body could be malfunctioning.

Below are the two types of Thyroid Disease:

Hyperthyroidism refers to any condition in which there is to much thyroid hormone produced in the body. A better term for this is overactive thyroid. Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, heart racing, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping thinning of your skin, fine brittle hair and weakness in your muscles especially in the upper arms and thighs. You may lose weight despite a good appetite because hyperthyroidism increases your metabolism.

Hypothyroidism refers to the thyroid gland not being able to produce enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. Not having enough of these hormones in the blood can cause autoimmune disease, surgical removal of the thyroid, and radiation treatment. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include your skin getting drier, becoming forgetful and depressed, tire more easily, notice that you feel colder, and you could become more constipated. However, symptoms are so variable and non-specific, the only way to know for sure is with a blood test for TSH. 

If you feel that you have experienced these symptoms contact your doctor to make an appointment for a blood test and a check up.


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