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Understanding the Thyroid: A Vital Gland

January is Thyroid Awareness Month! Even though the thyroid gland is small, it has a huge effect on our health. There is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of our neck that controls our metabolism and many other body processes. Knowing the basics can help you see how important it is to keep your health in good shape.

What does the thyroid do?

You can think of the thyroid gland as the engine of your body. It makes thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are hormones that control how fast or slow your body works. The thyroid affects many things, from the heart rate to the body temperature and even digestion.

Thyroid diseases

Thyroid problems are very common and can have a big effect on your health. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) throw off the balance of hormones, which can cause a number of symptoms. Tiredness, changes in weight, mood swings, and problems with how the body works are all common signs of thyroid problems.

Signs and symptoms

It is very important to find thyroid problems early on. Watch out for warning signs like changes in your weight that you can’t explain, your heart rate, your mood, and hair loss that doesn’t make sense. However, these symptoms aren’t always obvious and can be a result of other issues, which highlights how crucial it is to see a doctor.

Benefits of consulting an endocrinologist

We’re happy to have our own endocrinologist, Dr. Victoria Finn, in the room. She knows enough about the endocrine system, which includes the thyroid, to be able to navigate its complicated workings. In order to find thyroid problems properly, she will do full checks that include scans and blood tests. She will make sure that each patient’s treatment plan is unique and meets their needs, giving them the best care and control possible.

The importance of regular check-ups

Regular check-ups are very important for keeping your thyroid healthy, especially if you have a family history of thyroid problems or are already showing signs. Endocrinologists keep an eye on hormone levels and change treatments as needed to keep things in balance and avoid problems.

Nurturing Thyroid Health

Despite its small size, the thyroid gland plays a crucial role in maintaining good health. Keeping your thyroid in good health requires knowledge of its functioning, awareness of possible problems, and the development of a relationship with an endocrinologist. Thyroid problems may be efficiently managed, and a meaningful life can be lived if one takes proactive steps.