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Understanding Thyroid Awareness Month

Posted on January 21st, 2014 in Thyroid by ElectricScooterBlogger |

Thyroid CheckJanuary is Thyroid Awareness Month, but that may leave you scratching your head asking one or both of the following questions: 1) what is a thyroid, and 2) what does it do? Even though the Electric Scooter Store mainly assists customers with mobility products, it’s always great to learn about other common health issues. 

The thyroid gland is small and is not a very well known part of the body, but the impact it has on a variety of systems and organs is large.

The thyroid gland is situated just under the voice box in the neck. Shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid influences the functions of vital organs such as the brain, heart, liver, kidneys and skin. It helps to regulate metabolism, make proteins and controls how susceptible the body is to other hormones. It is easy to see how an issue with the thyroid could lead to severe health consequences.

There are a few major thyroid conditions that can have a large effect on the rest of the body:

  • Hyperthyroidism- an overactive thyroid that produces too much thyroid hormone
  • Hypothyroidism- an underactive thyroid that produces too little thyroid hormone
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis- immune and autoimmune cells damage the thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism
  • Thyroid Cancer- the appearance of a painless carcinoma lump on the thyroid
  • Thyroid Nodules- a small lump or lumps in or on the thyroid, sometimes cancerous but mostly benign 

Fortunately, these conditions are easy to spot if you know the warning signs, such as a family history of thyroid issues, neck swelling or tenderness, sudden weight loss or an onset of feelings of depression or anxiety. Thyroid conditions are generally easy to treat. Thyroid cancer is considered one of the easiest cancers to treat.

Being armed with knowledge about this small gland that has a large impact on your body can help keep you and your family healthy this year. The Electric Scooter Store hopes you will join us in celebrating and spreading what you’ve learned about thyroid awareness this month to your family and friends and working toward better overall health.

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