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It may just be your thyroid gland....

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in front of your neck.

The thyroid is called the body’s thermometer because it regulates the body’s metabolic rate. The thyroid regulates many bodily functions such as

  • Bone growth

  • Brain maturation

  • Heart Rate

  • Breathing

  • Body temperature

  • Mental activity

  • Digestive system

  • Reproductive system


Also known as underactive thyroid happens when the thyroid does not produce and release enough thyroid hormones. There are different causes of hypothyroidism such as Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disease), thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), and iodine deficiency. 

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue

  • Cold intolerance

  • Constipation

  • Weight gain due to poor appetite

  • Slow heart rate

  • Hyperlipidemia

  • Heavy menstruation

  • Dry, coarse skin

  • Thin hair


Also known as overactive thyroid happens when the thyroid produces and releases more thyroid hormones. There are different causes of hyperthyroidism such as Graves’ disease, Thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, too much iodine in your diet, and postpartum thyroiditis. 

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  • Hyperactive, nervousness

  • Hot intolerance

  • Diarrhea

  • Weight loss despite good appetite

  • Fast heart rate

  • Irregular menstruation

  • Warm, sweaty skin

  • Fine, oily hair

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are diagnosed through bloodwork.

If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your physician.

Questions, Comments, Feedback? Give it to me! 

Dr. A

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