What is Thyroid Disease?

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly- shaped gland located in your neck that is part of your endocrine or hormonal system. It is in charge of producing several thyroid hormones that are very important to your metabolism, protein production, and used throughout the whole body.

Thyroid diseases are fairly common and impact hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The diseases occur when the thyroid produces too little or too many hormones. Symptoms can be mild and go unnoticed, making it difficult to diagnose. The two most common thyroid diseases are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Below are some of the common symptoms found in both.

  • Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid isn’t producing enough hormone. Common symptoms may include:
  • Fatigue, cold intolerance, unexplained weight gain, depression, constipation, thinning eyebrows, hair loss, weakness, and slow heart rate
  • Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive and producing too much thyroid hormone. Common symptoms may include:
  • Anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, mood swings, racing heart, excessive sweating, insomnia, thin skin, weight loss, and muscle weakness

Thyroid disorders can be caused by an autoimmune disorder, nutrient deficiencies, or other causes. It is important to talk to your provider if you feel you have any of the symptoms to get started on a treatment plan.

Have any Thyroid concerns? Call your provider or download Spruce to schedule an appointment to talk about thyroid health.

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