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“The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck. Your thyroid lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe. The thyroid has two side lobes, connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle.” “Graves’ disease is one of the most common of all thyroid problems. It is also the leading cause of hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive hormones. Once the disorder has been correctly diagnosed, it is quite easy to treat. In some cases, Graves’ disease goes into remission or disappears completely after several months or years. Left untreated, however, it can lead to serious complications — even death.” – From WebMD

 

Do you suffer with cold intolerance, fatigue, dry skin or hair, constipation, or muscle cramps? These may be symptoms of a thyroid disorder — or simply getting older.

Whether you have hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), or the more common condition, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), the proper diagnosis is important because thyroid problems can lead to a number of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and chronic fatigue. For more information, read our new Special Report, Do You Have a Thyroid Disorder?.

Located at the base of your neck below the voice box (larynx), the thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that is part of the endocrine system. The thyroid makes two iodine-containing hormones — thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) — that control metabolism and help organs, like the heart, work properly. But for these functions to be carried out, your thyroid must release an appropriate amount of hormones into the bloodstream — an activity regulated by the pituitary gland, which produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), a substance that stimulates the release of both T4 and T3. Click here to read the entire article.



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