Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:Thyroid). To discuss image, please see Talk:Human body diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Understanding the Thyroid
January is Thyroid Awareness month. The thyroid is a body part that is small in size but large in its functionality. As a center for how the body operates, the thyroid has the ability to work normally or it can be under active (Hypothyroidism) or overactive (Hyperthyroidism). All month-long there will be post that encourage, educate, enlighten and empower the readers regarding the thyroid.
The thyroid gland is an important endocrine gland that controls the body’s metabolism. It is a small butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland produces the hormones tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
Together these hormones regulate how your cells use energy. The pathways by which cells use energy is called metabolism. Your body’s general metabolism determines blood pressure, heart rate, and weight.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Low levels of thyroid hormone interfere with the body’s ability to perform normal metabolic functions such as efficient use of energy from food products, regulation of many chemical reactions in the body, and maintenance of healthy cells, bones and muscles, to name a few..
There is no known prevention for hypothyroidism, nor is there a cure. Once you have it, you have it for life. http://bit.ly/UIJR2z
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