About the Thyroid

The Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that controls many areas of your body.It sits in the base of the neck area . And carries hormone TSH3 and TSH4.

These hormones are necessary for all the cells in your body to work normally.

Thyroid disorders are very common and tend mainly to occur in women, although anybody – men, teenagers, children and babies, too – can be affected. About one in 20 people has some kind of thyroid disorder, which may be temporary or permanent.

The thyroid gland can become overactive (hyperthyrodism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). This may, rarely, occur from birth, or develop later on in life. Hypothyroidism is often accompanied by an enlargement of the thyroid gland known as a goiter.

Thyrotoxicosis is the term given when there is too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. It may be a result of overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) as in Graves’ disease, inflamation of the thyroid or a benign thyroid tumour. Symptoms of thyrotoxicsosis include intolerance to heat, weight loss, increased appetite, increased bowel movements, irregular menstrual cycle, rapid and irregular heartbeat, palpitations, tiredness, irritability, tremor, hair loss and retraction of the eyelids resulting in a ‘staring’ appearance.

There are many different signs of Thyroid disease and I have left links to help you learn more.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/underactive-thyroid-hypothyroidism/causes/

https://www.healthline.com/health/common-thyroid-disorders

Hope anyone with a Thyroid problem will find this article useful. And if you know someone with a Thyroid problem you may understand it more. Thyroid is treatable but it’s a life long disease. I hope to write more on the subject in future.

Bye for now πŸ’‹oxo

3 thoughts on “About the Thyroid

  1. Thanks for sharing your information. I don’t know much about living with thyroid diseases but have had a few friends/co-workers along the way that did/do. It is nice there are treatments to help them live well. I hope you’ve found what works for you πŸ™‚

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