10 Signs You May Have A Thyroid Problem (And 10 Things You Can Do About It)

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The thyroid gland is a part of the endocrine system which produces and regulates hormones in the body. This small, butterfly-shaped organ can be found in the front part of the neck, only palpable when a person swallows (as the thyroid moves up and down). The thyroid produces several hormones, namely: thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH), thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The hormones produced by the thyroid regulate growth, metabolism, and body temperature – which is why thyroid problems (either an underproduction or overproduction of hormones) usually affect weight, activity, and physical development. [1]

Hypothyroidism (UNDERactive thyroid, does not make enough thyroid hormone) and hyperthyroidism (OVERactive thyroid, makes too much thyroid hormone) are two very different conditions, although some signs and symptoms like fatigue are found in both. [2] Managing thyroid problems involves observing these signs and symptoms so recognizing what exact condition you may have is very important. Note – this article is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. If you have symptoms or think you may have thyroid problems, consult your doctor for actual diagnosis and treatment.

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  • By rahul, July 2, 2015 @ 9:16 am

    Thanks for such a great article man… I was observing from some time that it feels as if i am having 2 adams apple… and it feel so weird… finally i got my answer.. i m having thyroid… 🙁 Hard to face…

  • By Diana W, August 8, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

    I have really enjoyed this website on herbs and the uses. I read this all the time. Thanks so much for printing so much great information, Diana

  • By Gaudencia Mngola, January 18, 2019 @ 4:46 pm

    I have found the thyroid information very educational. I personally have been taking thyroxine daily 100 mags.daily. Recently I had to consult my dr.as I started feeling unwell with a lot of thirst, feeling strange etc but the dr. Managed to help me out and I now feel a lot better.. thanks a lot.

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