If your thyroid gland is functioning correctly it will regulate your hormones that are needed to ensure a balanced rate of metabolism. Your pituitary gland secretes TSH, which stimulates the thyroid to produce T3, T4, and calcitonin, within your bloodstream. In a healthy individual your pituitary gland is a finely tuned system and will simply adjust the level of TSH, if more or less of the thyroid hormones are required.
If your body is producing too much or too little thyroid hormone, you have thyroid disease. Hyperthyroidism means you are making too much of this metabolic hormone, hypothyroidism is just the opposite, meaning your body isn’t making adequate amounts.
[singlepic id=10 w=313 h=341 float=left]Women are more likely than men to have thyroid disease and there are a huge variety of reasons for this condition to develop.
Women with thyroid imbalance often complain of so many problems related to their health that they often feel like hypochondriacs. The reason for this is that the thyroid is involved with every function in the body and if it’s out of balance it leads to a multitude of symptoms ranging from energy problems, weight issues, insomnia, joint aches and pains, memory loss, anxiety to name just a few.
The 7 most common thyroid diseases:
1. Hypothyroidism –underactive thyroid or low thyroid
2. Hyperthyroidism – over active thyroid or high thyroid
3. Graves – autoimmune disease causing over active thyroid (one of the causes of Hyperthyroidism)
4. Hashimoto’s – autoimmune disease causing underactive thyroid (one of the causes of Hypothyroidism)
5. Thyroid cancer – cancer of the thyroid
6. Thyroid nodules – lumps on your thyroid
7. Thyroiditis – inflamed thyroid (can be seen as a goiter or swelling of the thyroid in the throat)
Other types of thyroid conditions include gestational and even post-operative.
Click this link if you would like to go into greater detail on the two most common types of Thyroid disease – Hyper and Hypo-Thyroidism. It is important to understand who, what, why, and how this happens in individuals.
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