Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | January 11, 2013

The Thyroid – A Complex Little Gland

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health, thyroid problems are particularly common among older adults and women. What exactly is the thyroid? The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck which produces hormones that help regulate different bodily processes. Biological aspects such as body temperature, weight and metabolism, and mood are all affected by thyroid hormones. Changes in the production of thyroid hormones can affect the body in many ways, and thyroid diseases affect millions of people across the country. Listed below are two common thyroid conditions along with symptoms.

Hyperthyroidism: A condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include:

– Tremors/shaking

– Rapid/irregular heart beat

– Fatigue

– Weight loss

– Nervousness and/or irritability

– Feeling hot and/or heat intolerance

– Difficulty sleeping

Hypothyroidism: A condition in which the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include:

– Fatigue

– Slowed heart rate

– Dry skin and hair

– Weight gain

– Feeling cold and/or cold intolerance

– Difficulty concentrating

– Constipation

– Depression/low mood

In addition to these conditions, other thyroid disorders include Graves ’ disease, goiter, and Hashimoto’s disease. There are multiple tests and a variety of treatment options for thyroid conditions. As always, it is important to consult a healthcare professional to discuss any symptoms and health issues.  

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/hanford/htdsweb/guide/thyroid.htm.

– National Institutes of Health: NIH News in Health. 2009. http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/February/feature2.htm

– Medline Plus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/thyroiddiseases.html

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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