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Thyroid Disease Awareness: Do You Know the Symptoms?

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January is fast approaching and we need to ensure that we are looking after our Thyroid glands this year. January is Thyroid Awareness month bringing in the New Year right be aware of the symptoms of Thyroid Disease. Below are the symptoms of Thyroid Disease and what it is.

What is Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid disease is a condition that effects the Thyroid gland of the body. The Thyroid gland is located in the neck just above the collarbone. Many of us are not even aware we have a Thyroid gland because it is functioning as needed. However in some cases the Thyroid gland can produce too little or too much hormone and cause problems throughout the rest of a persons body.

Hyperthyroidism:

Hyperthyroidism is a disease of the Thyroid gland when it produces too much thyroid hormone. It effects those under the age of 50 years most commonly, and often has very little symptoms in its early stages. It can however effect those with diabetes a bit more simply because diabetes often masks signs of hyperthyroidism, and those with high blood pressure often struggle with diagnosis because medications often mask signs.

Hypothyroidism:

Hypothyroidism is a condition when the thyroid gland produces too little of the thyroid hormone. This causes many problems within the patients body. Hypothyroidism often is common in those who are over the age of 60 but can also can be linked to those who are obese or have diabetes. Diabetes effects many of the bodies organs including the thyroid gland.

Below are a few symptoms of Thyroid disease:

Hyperthyroid Disease:

Rapid Heartbeat
Sweating
Irritability
Sudden Weight Loss

Hypothyroid Disease:

Fatigue
Weight Gain
Depression
Dry Skin
Muscle Weakness

For more information regarding Thyroid Diseases visit American Thyroid Association at www.thyroid.org

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