DID YOU KNOW…

That according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, it is a known fact thyroid disorders affect women more than men?  The thyroid is a gland that we do not pay attention to because there isn’t much emphasis placed on it. The thyroid gland is actually responsible for the growth, metabolism and development. It is important to understand the role of the thyroid gland if you want to improve your quality of life.

If you place your fingers underneath your chin right above your collar bone, you will feel your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces two types of hormones, which are called T3 (tri-iodo-thyro-nine) and T4 (thy-rox-ine). If the thyroid makes too much or too little of either hormones, it can cause conditions known as hyperthyroidism (too much) or hypothyroidism (too little).

The only way to know if your body has the sufficient amounts of both hormones is to get tested at your local physician’s office. After receiving your test results, do not be afraid to ask your physician about the lab values. A dysfunctional thyroid gland can lead to obesity, depression, irregular periods, extreme fatigue, decreased libido, osteoporosis and the list continues. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, you may want to make an appointment with your physician for testing.

One of the major concerns with thyroid abnormalities is obesity. This a major concern for both men and women because of the high risk for suffering a heart attack. Aside from having abnormal levels of thyroid hormones, there is increasing evidence of how losing weight can extend one’s lifespan. Ask your physician the numbers of a healthy body mass index (BMI) to prevent obesity. Everyone falls into a specific category because of their height and weight.

If you have already been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, continue to follow your therapeutic regimen as directed. Compliance with your regimen is important because it helps your body with finding balance until everything is corrected.

This month, Women of Standard magazine is celebrating Thyroid Awareness with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in hopes that everyone who reads this article will get tested for thyroid conditions. Please make sure you know the status of your thyroid this month; your health is depending on you.

 

Reference:

United States. About Your Thyroid. Jacksonville. American Association of Clinical             Endocrinologists <http://www.empoweryourhealth.org/THYROID>. Accessed 11/18/12


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