Thyroid & Parathyroid Disorders
What is the thyroid and what does it do?
The thyroid is a small gland found at the base of your neck and is responsible for producing the thyroid hormone. This hormone is responsible for controlling the body’s metabolism.
What are the parathyroid glands and what do they do?
The parathyroid glands are four tiny glands in the neck on the back of the thyroid that are responsible for the body’s calcium levels.
What are common thyroid disorders?
Thyroid disorders occur when the thyroid produces too little or too many hormones. This can cause disruptions in the body’s metabolic processes. Common thyroid disorders are:
- Thyroid Nodules – this is a solid or fluid-filled lump on the thyroid gland. These don’t typically cause symptoms and most don’t require treatment.
- Hyperthyroidism – this is also known as an overactive thyroid, which means too much thyroid hormone is being produced. Symptoms include: unexpected weight loss, rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, irritability.
- Hypothyroidism – this is known as an underactive thyroid, which means not enough thyroid hormone is being produced. Symptoms include: fatigue, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin, unexpected weight gain.
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