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Hey loves, when you read the title "The Throats Heart" what comes to mind? If you guessed thyroid you are correct! What is the thyroid? CLICK HERE to assess your knowledge for some fun! I love referring to the thyroid as The Throats Heart, and feel it's an important part of our bodies that is undermined! I have been dealing with my own PERSONAL THYROID issues for a LONG TIME confusing it with depression, and anxiety. As a healthcare provider, my belief is that thyroid issues are the future silent killer! I have first-hand knowledge of this I urge you to take time to read this blog because it may save your life! The signs and symptoms are vast and unique to each individual, read more...
" As a nurse the importance of the thyroid in my education was not a priority. In university it was assigned as an independent learning unit, taking a back seat to more imperative life-threatening issues like heart attacks and strokes. I never really knew what the importance of this butterfly-shaped gland inside my neck was about until I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism after my third pregnancy. I use to wake up each morning with anxiety, and had a contastant feeling of being fatigued After, after correcting my throid isses, life changed. My morning turned into dancing..."
WHAT IS THE THYROID?
- a butterfly-shaped gland that produces and stores hormones, T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), Calcitonin(required for calcium metabolism), Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- thyroid hormones regulate growth, weight, sensitivity to hot/cold, energy levels, emotional and mental capacities
- located on the front side of lower the neck, (and for men) it is directly below the Adam's Apple, and it wraps its self around the windpipe with its two wings or lobes.
WHY CARE ABOUT YOUR THYROID?According to the American Thyroid Association, over 20 million people have thyroid related diseases with up to 60% of people being undiagnosed. As well as 12 % of the US population is estimated to develop a thyroid condition during their life. With stats like these, it's unfathomable how thyroid related issues are not being viewed as medical emergencies! Many people believe they have optimal health by conducting annual physicals not knowing most tests do not include thyroid screening. Also, the results acquired can be hard to interpret due to the large parameters for each level of thyroid hormone tested.
MAIN THYROID ISSUES
Hyperthyroidism:a condition where the thyroid is overactive producing T3/T4 hormones speeds up metabolism
Hypothyroidism:a condition where the thyroid is sluggish, inadequately producingT3/T4 thyroid hormones, slows down metabolism
Graves' Disease:an autoimmune disorder where the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system as it confuses its own cells
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:an autoimmune condition body attacks thyroid leading to further deterioration of the gland resulting in hypothyroidism
Iodine Deficiency:inadequate levels of iodine, resulting in complications of the thyroid as the thyroid requires iodine to sustain optimal function (can lead to serious brain defects)
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
- weight loss or difficulty maintaining weight
- unexplained weight gain
- heart palpitations
- excessive perspiration
- depression/mood changes
- brittle hair/nails, dry scalp skin
- hearing/vision complications
- protruding eyes (Graves)
- hand tremors
- heat / cold intolerance
- muscle weakness
- Get your thyroid tested by request a blood test checking for the levels of your T3/T4, Free T3, TSH.
- Keep a record of your lab/blood results so you will be able to check the difference in levels and monitor it on your own.
- Keep a diary of your signs, symptoms, and things trigger that you notice induce these symptoms.
- Feeling funny? Restest your blood levels every six weeks and continue to be aware of your body and it's changes
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