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It's January...Do You Know Where Your Thyroid Is? Thyroid Awareness Month Focuses on Millions of Undiagnosed Americans with Thyroid Problems
Date:1/12/2010

but thyroid disease is no joke. Thyroid hormone is essential for life.

The most common thyroid problem is insufficient thyroid hormone, known as hypothyroidism, "low thyroid" or an underactive thyroid. Without enough thyroid hormone, one can gain weight, lose energy, become depressed and exhausted, lose hair and sex drive, even find it hard to remember things or concentrate.

Sometimes, the thyroid can go into overdrive, and produce too much thyroid hormone, a condition known as hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. With too much thyroid hormone flooding the body, heart rate and blood pressure can go up, and anxiety, tremors, panic attacks, diarrhea, muscle weakness, eye problems, insomnia, and rapid weight loss are all common.

The thyroid can also get enlarged (known as a goiter), develop lumps (known as nodules), and in some cases, those lumps can even be cancerous. Thyroid cancer is, in fact, one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States.

The Thyroid Awareness Month site features key information about thyroid disease, including:

 

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