Your body's regulator
What is your thyroid telling you?
Imagine trying to accelerate your car when the brake is engaged, or trying to brake when the accelerator is in use. You’d have a tough time driving safely, or for that matter, driving at all.
In the same way, the thyroid gland plays an extremely important role in your body. While we rarely notice or even think about it, the thyroid is regulating the speed at which your body uses energy and burns calories.
13 MILLION: The estimated number of Americans who have a thyroid disorder and don’t realize it.
Archives of Internal Medicine
The two sides of thyroid disease
|Signs of hypothyroidism
Too little hormone (under-functioning)
|Signs of hyperthyroidism
Too much hormone (over-functioning)
3 ways to keep your thyroid running smoothly
- Learn your family history. If you have a relative with any autoimmune disorder (type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis) you are at higher risk, since a common cause of a thyroid disorder is the immune system attacking the gland.
- Find a way to deal with stress. Stress may play a role in triggering the autoimmune processes that can contribute to thyroid disease. Whether it’s yoga, meditation, or simply making time for you, find a way to process everyday stressors.
- Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above. Most patients respond well once they get the proper care.
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