Thyroid Awareness Month

 
posted on: January 14, 2019    |    by: Matthew McGarvey, PA-C

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month and unfortunately thyroid issues are becoming much more common in the 21st century.

What is the Thyroid?

The Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck.  This gland controls your entire “metabolism,” which is much more than how many calories you burn.  Thyroid hormones regulate temperature sensitivity, energy levels, gut motility and many other bodily functions.  

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, T3 and T4 respectively, to carry out normal metabolic functions.  A combination of many of the following signs and symptoms have been noted in hypothyroidism. 

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fatigue 
  • Brain Fog (perceived cognitive impairment)
  • Hair thinning and loss
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Constipation
  • Dry, irritated skin  
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Always feeling cold 

If several of the above symptoms are present then a thorough thyroid panel can be ordered at WellNow Centers in Huntington Beach to determine if there is an underlying thyroid disorder. 

For more information about thyroid disorders, visit the American Thyroid Association website.

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