Thyroid Awareness Month is a month of the year set aside to create awareness for diseases associated with the thyroid gland. Thyroid awareness is symbolized by a blue paisley ribbon which was introduced in January 2012.
The Thyroid gland is a gland that is found in the neck. This gland not only controls how our bodies make proteins but also how our bodies use energy. The thyroid gland also controls our body’s sensitivity to other hormones .
The thyroid gland is able to do so by producing thyroid hormones, the main ones being T3 and T4.
Some common thyroid conditions
Here are some conditions related to thyroid gland.
- Grave’s disease
- Thyroid Conditions during Pregnancy
Hypothyroidism is a condition, where less than normal thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland.
Symptoms for hypothyroidism may include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, and sore muscles.
Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed by blood tests ordered by your primary care physician.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition where more than normal hormones are produced by the thyroid gland.
Hyperthyroidism symptoms may include weight loss, faster heart rates, frequent and loose bowel movements (diarrhea), hair loss on scalp and anxiety, irritability amongst others.
Your primary care physician can order tests to diagnose if you have hyperthyroidism.
Hashimoto’s is the most common thyroid disease in the United States and is more prevalent in women than men. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition.
Grave’s disease is also an autoimmune disease that often results in hyperthyroidism.
How do you get diagnosed with Thyroid Related diseases?
Your primary care physician will be able to order tests and diagnose you. Remember to ask your doctor any questions about the thyroid when you visit this month since this month has been set aside for awareness.
If you live in the Phoenix area, you can schedule an appointment with our office if you think you have symptoms or are concerned about thyroid related diseases.