Thyroid Awareness

The thyroid gland is a small but incredibly essential glad within the human body. It is located just above your collarbone near the “Adams apple”. The thyroid gland is a part of our endocrine system, which controls the production of hormones. These hormones control the rate of our body’s activities. It is like the engine in a car it controls how fast we burn calories as well as how fast our heart beats. Thyroid trouble can cause a range of seemingly unrelated problems, including drastic changes to your weight, energy, digestion, or mood.

Thyroid problems include-

Goiter: the thyroid gland enlarges

Hyperthyroidism: your thyroid produces more hormones that your body needs.

Hypothyroidism: your thyroid gland does not make enough hormones to meet your body’s needs.

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid nodules: Lumps located on the thyroid gland.

Thyroiditis: Swelling of the thyroid gland.

Symptoms of Thyroid Disorder

Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain

Hyperthyroidism:

  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Heat intolerance or increased sweating
  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Weight loss

In these situations two forms of treatment may present themselves “replacement therapy” and “suppression therapy”. Thyroid cancer is very quiet having no symptoms. It’s sometimes first noticed as a lump in the neck although such bumps are more likely to be harmless nodules.

Thyroid problems are more common in adults 60 years or older. It is important for elderly to be aware of their changes in mood, weight and energy. At First Care of New York our Certified Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides are trained to take exceptional care of their patients. They are very vigilant and carefully monitor patients eating habits for patterns and alarming changes in diet or weight. If you are having a hard time monitoring your health of monitoring your loved ones health please call us at please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-741-5956. Or you can visit our website at www.1st-care.org

For More information please visit the following websites:

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/sep2015/feature2

http://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-hormone-treatment/

 

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