People craft– getting along with yourself

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.

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Located in the neck, below Adam’s apple

 

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9 thoughts on “People craft– getting along with yourself

  1. I knew someone once who suffered from the hypo or underproduction type, and she could barely get out of bed. Luckily she got herself to her primary physician, and her M.D. knew it was her thyroid.

  2. Oh yes, this butterfly-shaped gland pumps out a powerful chemical that regulates metabolism and body temperature. Of the 25 million Americans with thyroid problems, the majority are female. Women are more prone to autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis as well.

  3. That’s correct, Mary Alice. The more common ailment is hypothyroidism, and this condition slowly increases over time. Experts also look for dry skin, hair loss, forgetfulness, fatigue, chills, consitipation, and irregular periods.

  4. Yes, if a woman feels pretty good and can exercise, she’s not a candidate. And you wouldn’t want to take levothyroxine (artificial thyroid hormone) unless you need it. Tapazole, by the way, slows it down.

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