January is Thyroid Awareness Month

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Understanding your thyroid is important because so many critical processes inside your body rely on that tiny gland. Did you know that the thyroid has an effect on almost every metabolic process that occurs in your body? It’s true!

 

What is a thyroid, anyway? The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front of the neck. It is located above the collarbones, but below the larynx (also called a voice box). A well functioning thyroid makes hormones that help control the function of your brain, heart, kidneys, liver, and even your skin. Knowing what symptoms to look for, and working with your healthcare provider to ensure that your thyroid gland is healthy, is important to your overall health and well-being.

 

Symptoms to be on the lookout for: When the thyroid is working correctly it receives signals from the brain to turn iodine from foods into hormones and sends those hormones throughout your body to keep it functioning smoothly. If your thyroid overworks and makes too much of the necessary hormones it results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include*:

If your thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the hormones your body needs the condition is called hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include*:  

What to do? It is estimated that 30 million people in the United States have thyroid disorders and about half of those have not been diagnosed. Are you one of the 15 million people with an untreated thyroid condition? If you think it’s possible, talk to us here at Rejuv Medical Louisville. There are simple blood tests that can done to determine your thyroid levels, and most thyroid conditions are easily treated. You can also perform a self-exam at home:

 

How to Perform a Thyroid Neck Self-Exam:

Facts About Thyroid Disease

Get educated by visiting https://rejuvmedicalky.com/thyroid-disorders/, THEN call (502) 785-4780 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John R. Baird to get your thyroid checked . . . it’s fast, easy, and painless!

 

Did you know?

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology debuted the blue paisley ribbon in 2012 as a symbol to unify thyroid awareness efforts. Paisley was chosen because of its resemblance to a cross section of thyroid follicles, the tiny spheres that the thyroid gland is made up of.

 

 

*From EmPowerYourHealth.org a site provided by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) in conjunction with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).

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