Thyroid Health: What You Need to Know

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(Information courtesy of The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists)

Every time you look in the mirror, a key to your well-being is staring back at you: your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. Your thyroid gland makes hormones that help control the function of many of your body’s organs including your heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Making sure that your thyroid gland is healthy is important to your body’s overall well-being.

Some patients who have an enlarged thyroid gland may also produce too much or too little thyroid hormone. Because many symptoms of thyroid imbalance may be hard to recognize and may be mistaken for symptoms caused by other conditions, the best way to know for sure about your thyroid health is to ask your doctor for a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test, a simple blood test that measures whether your thyroid gland is functioning normally. If you have a family member with thyroid disease, are over the age of 35 or have any symptoms or risk factors associated with thyroid disease, you should talk to your doctor about getting a TSH test.

Treatment

It’s not difficult to keep your thyroid in balance, but you need to know your numbers. If you are diagnosed with thyroid disease, be sure to take your thyroid medicine every day, as instructed by your doctor, and refill your prescription on time so that you don’t miss any doses. Your doctor may want to run a TSH test every 6-12 months to monitor your thyroid levels to ensure that you receive the optimal dose of thyroid medicine.

Don’t let your thyroid health go unchecked. Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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