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How can you tell if your thyroid gland is acting up? My sister has thyroid problems and she has to take medication.
08/09/2011

The thyroid gland is one of those little things in our bodies that can cause big problems.

The thyroid controls our metabolism, so it can affect our hearts, muscles, bones and cholesterol.

The most common problems are when the gland produces either too much or not enough thyroid hormones.Too much, known as an overactive thyroid (or hyperthyroidism, in medical terms), can cause weight loss, rapid heartbeat, sweating or nervousness. 

It affects a few out of every 100 women and if left untreated, can cause irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, miscarriage or bone problems.

An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can cause symptoms like fatigue or weight gain. This affects four to five out of every 100 people in the U.S., and can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk for heart attack or stroke.

Problems with the thyroid can range from an enlarged gland that needs no treatment to something as serious as cancer. Most problems can easily be managed through medication therapies, so the best thing to do if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned is check with your primary care physician.

A simple blood test can put you on the path to better health where your thyroid is concerned.

Dr. Mary Forbes practices at City Center Medical Group, which is located in downtown Raleigh.  Her office can be reached at 919-834-5299.

 

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