What You Need To Know About Your Thyroid Gland

January 22, 2015

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in your body and it regulates many of the metabolic processes in your body. In addition to regulating biological functions like your metabolism and weight, it also produces hormones that are required for growth and development in children. The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is located in the front your neck.
When the level of your thyroid hormones are out of balance, so are you.
An under-active thyroid, known as hypothyroidism, might cause the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Dry/Itchy Skin
  • Concentration Issues
  • Hair Loss
  • Joint/Muscle Aches
  • Cold Intolerance

An overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism, might cause the following symptoms:

  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Increased Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss

Thyroid problems can be treated, so if you think you might have an issue with your thyroid gland, see a doctor today and get the testing you need.

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