The thyroid gland is only thumb-sized, but this endocrine gland needs to function properly. The thyroid controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. Some say the thyroid rules a waistline, energy level, and mood. If it’s on the fritz with underproduction, known as hypothyroidism, a person is hit with exhaustion and often packs on pounds. The thyroid gland can produce too much or too little of the hormone. Hyperthyroidism is the hormone in excess, and weight loss, rapid heartbeat, insomnia are symptoms. Both conditions are easily identified with tests by endocrinologists and are highly treatable.
|Located in the neck, below Adam’s apple|