5 Things You Should Know About Your Thyroid

If you don’t know much about your thyroid, now’s a good time to acquaint yourself with this important gland. Why? Because if your thyroid doesn’t work properly, it can affect how you look and feel, and even how much you weigh.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Because it controls your metabolism, it plays a surprisingly important role in your overall health and well-being.

Here at Blaser Medical in Farmington, Utah, Dr. Brett Blaser specializes in helping patients get their thyroid function in balance. To make sure you understand how this very critical gland impacts your health, Dr. Blaser would like me to share five important thyroid facts with you.

Fact #1: Your thyroid produces important hormones

The hormones that your thyroid produces play a part in many different body processes, including your heartbeat, body temperature, digestion, and sleep. It even affects how quickly your body burns calories.

Fact #2: Thyroid disorders are surprisingly common

Millions of Americans have some form of thyroid disorder. They can occur at any age. Although anyone can develop thyroid disease, it is more common in women. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder at some point in her life.

There are two main types of thyroid disease: Hyperthyroidism (having an overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (having an underactive thyroid). When your thyroid doesn’t function correctly, your thyroid hormone levels may be too high or too low, which can cause your metabolism to speed up or slow down.

Fact #3: Thyroid disorders can cause a wide range of symptoms

Because your thyroid plays a role in so many body processes, thyroid disorders can cause many different symptoms. They can include:

Fact #4: It’s easy to treat most thyroid disorders

If you have thyroid disease that is related to the amount of thyroid hormone your body produces, adjusting thyroid hormone levels can relieve symptoms and return your body function to normal. A simple blood test can determine whether your thyroid hormone levels are in range.

Fact #5: Everyone should have their thyroid hormone level tested

Because thyroid disorders are so common and because symptoms are so diverse, everyone should have their thyroid hormone level tested on a regular basis. This is especially true if you have thyroid disease in your family or if you’re dealing with unexplained symptoms.

If your thyroid isn’t working right, Dr. Blaser can help. Make an appointment for a thyroid health evaluation by calling our office at 385-210-1474 or sending us a message via our website.

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