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Thyroid Awareness Month – what is hypothyroidism?

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smile-with-neckWHAT IS THE THYROID GLAND?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should.

As we continue to recognize Thyroid Awareness Month we wanted to share some information with you about Hypothyroidism:

Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland (factory) is not able to make thyroid hormones (supplies). These  hormone  are  needed to make the entire body continue to function normally.

Causes affecting the “factory” are  “autoimmune”  attacks, it is as if our body sees the “factory” as a foreign object and attacks it and destroys it. Surgical removal is the second common cause for  hypothyroidism.

For more information click the document below. Thank you Dr. Mendoza from St. Joe’s Endocrinology.

hypo_brochure

 

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