Thyroid Awareness

Keep your Thyroid Healthy!

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above the collarbone and below the Adam’s apple. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the body's metabolism.


Thyroid problems include:

Goiter – An enlargement of the thyroid gland.
Hyperthyroidism – When thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs.
Hypothyroidism – When thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones.
Thyroid cancer - An uncommon form of cancer, thyroid cancer is usually curable.
Thyroid nodules – There are lumps in the thyroid gland.
Thyroiditis – It is the inflammation of the thyroid gland.

Symptoms


Hypothyroidism

Fatigue
Increased sensitivity to cold
Constipation
Dry skin
Weight gain
Puffy face
Hoarseness
Muscle weakness
Elevated blood cholesterol level
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
Thinning hair
Slowed heart rate
Depression
Impaired memory


Hyperthyroidism


Sudden weight loss
Rapid heartbeat
Increased appetite
Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
Tremor
Sweating
Changes in menstrual patterns
Increased sensitivity to heat
Changes in bowel
Difficulty sleeping
Skin thinning
Fine, brittle hair


Treatment


Hypothyroidism

-Synthetic Thyroid hormones

Hyperthyroidism

-Radioactive iodine
-Anti-thyroid medications
-Beta blockers
-Surgery (Thyroidectomy)



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