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9 Facts About the Thyroid

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9 Facts About the Thyroid

The thyroid is an extremely important and powerful gland that is responsible for regulating body temperature, aiding in digestion, and enhancing cognitive ability. In addition, the thyroid influences almost every other gland in the body. At Palm Beach Diabetes & Endocrine Specialists our team specializes in treatment of thyroid diseases and conditions.

Below is a list of interesting facts that you may not know about the thyroid.

More than 27 milllion Americans have some sort of thyroid disease. Approximately 13 million people have no idea that they are suffering from a thyroid imbalance.
Women are typically more prone to thyroid issues than men.

  • Thyroid diseases become more common as we get older.
  • The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck.
  • The thyroid produces hormones that direct calorie consumption, digestions, oxygen, the brain and neuromuscular function.
  • One major factor which can adversely affect the thyroid is long-term stress.
  • Hypothyroidism is an underproduction of thyroid hormone.
  • Hyperthyroidism is an overproduction of thyroid hormone.
  • Many thyroid issues stem from a dysfunctional immune response.

If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disease or condition seeing an endocrinologist can provide additional guidance and treatment to help with management of the condition. There are many benefits of seeing a thyroid doctor. An endocrinologist is a physician with special training for treatment of patients suffering from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system, such as the thyroid.

To schedule an appointment with our thyroid doctor Boynton Beach, please contact Palm Beach Diabetes & Endocrine Specialists today by submitting a form here.