Is your thyroid working properly?
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland found just below the Adam's apple.
Thyroid hormones affect the function of many of the body's organs including the heart,
brain, liver, kidneys and skin.
It has been found that the prevalence of thyroid disease is greater in women than in men.
and that the incidence of hypothyroidism increases with age.
People with diabetes are also more likely to develop thyroid disease. About 4.5% of the general
population developls thyroid problems while 15% - 20% of persons with diabetes also develop
thyroid problems. Studies seem to indicate that there is an association between antibodies
against the pancreas and the thyroid gland.
Common symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) include:
- heavy periods
- hair loss
- mood swings
- weight gain
- hoarse voice
- dry and coarse skin
Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) include:
- heat intolerance
- weight loss
- alteration in appetite
- frequent bowel movements
- change in vision
- thyroid enlargement
- fertility impairment in menstrual cycle
- mental status
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