What is the Thyroid?

January 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

Every time you look in the mirror, a key to your well-being is staring back at you: your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower front of the neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland makes hormones that help control the function of many of your body’s organs, including your heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.

Signs and Symptoms of thyroid problems

Generally, if the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone, the body’s metabolism slows, causing listlessness and other symptoms. An overproduction of thyroid hormone results in feelings of nervousness and a faster heart rate.

Other key signs and symptoms of thyroid disease include:

  • Low body temperature
  • Unusually low or high blood pressure
  • A lump in the neck; hoarse, husky, or gravelly voice
  •  Extreme thirst or hunger
  • Insomnia
  • Noticeable change in weight (gain or loss) despite no change in diet and exercise
  • Feeling warm or hot when others are cold, or cold when others are warm
  • Heart palpitations, flutters, skipped beats, strange patterns or rhythms

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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