Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. The thyroid helps set your metabolism - how your body gets energy from the foods you eat. Millions of people in the U.S. have thyroid diseases. Most of them are women. If you have a thyroid disease, your body uses energy more slowly or quickly than it should. A thyroid gland that is not active enough, called hypothyroidism, is far more common. It can make you gain weight, feel fatigued and have difficulty dealing with cold temperatures. If your thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs. That condition is hyperthyroidism. Too much thyroid hormone can make you lose weight, speed up your heart rate and make you very sensitive to heat. There are many causes for both conditions. Treatment involves trying to reset your body's metabolism to a normal rate.

Thyroid Diseases Discussions

  1. link Kwiatrose
    Those with half thyroid out there? Not taking meds?
    Four years ago I had 1/2 my thyroid removed for a surgical biopsy. Thankfully it wasn't cancer but I've been on levoxyl ever since and have had some s - 81% more...
    Kwiatrose- over a year ago - 45 Replies - in Thyroid Diseases
  2. link Ginga3
    is there anatural replacement for the thyroid hormone?
    I need to take it all my life- isn't there any natural remedy somewhere?
    Ginga3- over a year ago - 7 Replies - in Thyroid Diseases
  3. link Neetsiepk
    thyroidectomy
    Does anyone know if you can buy life insurance after having a thyroidectomy if it wasn't because of cancer? And if there is a waiting period? Thanks, - 4% more...
    Neetsiepk- over a year ago - in Thyroid Diseases
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