Your Thyroid: Small Gland, Big Impact
August 10, 2013
In the front of your throat, beneath your chin and just behind the skin, lies a very small gland that has a very big impact on your health. Your thyroid produces a hormone that regulates systems throughout your body. In the latest post to HealthConnection, UT Health Northeast endocrinology expert Dr. Christina Bratcher answers questions on thyroid health.
- Where is the thyroid gland and what does it do?
- When the thyroid makes more hormones than the body needs it’s called hyperthyroidism. What is hyperthyroidism and what are the symptoms?
- How is hyperthyroidism treated?
- The opposite of hyperthyroidism is hypothyroidism — when the thyroid doesn’t make enough hormones. What causes hypothyroidism and what are its symptoms?
- How is hypothyroidism treated?
- What is the connection between thyroid disease and heart disease?
- For women especially, the thyroid gland is frequently blamed for being overweight. How common is an underactive thyroid gland that results in weight gain?
- Are there other diseases of the thyroid gland?
- How are thyroid diseases diagnosed?
- If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disease, when do you need to see a specialist, in this case, an endocrinologist?
- Can thyroid disease be cured or is it lifelong?