Whether your thyroid is under- or over-active, it has an impact on your energy level, weight, and many body systems, including your heart. Both types of thyroid disease are diagnosed and treated by Dr. William T. Boulware and Dr. Robert J. Boulware at Boulware Medical Clinic in Liberty, Missouri. If you experience a rapid heartbeat, changes in your weight, or other symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to learn if you have thyroid disease.
Hormones produced by the thyroid gland are released into the bloodstream and dispersed through your entire body, where they impact virtually every cell and organ in your body.
As thyroid hormones regulate your metabolism, they affect:
The two most common thyroid problems are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The most prevalent type of hypothyroidism, an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is 4-10 times more common in women than men. Hyperthyroidism also occurs more often in women than men.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones to support your body’s needs, which means metabolism slows down. This condition can be caused by:
While lack of dietary iodine results in hypothyroidism, it’s not a common cause in the United States.
The symptoms associated with hypothyroidism often develop gradually over time, which means you may have lived with lack of thyroid hormones for a while before you finally consult Dr. Boulware about your symptoms. The most common symptoms are:
Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism; it occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much hormone. It may be caused by several health problems such as an immune disorder, goiter, cancer, and too much iodine.
Hyperthyroidism speeds up your metabolism, causing the following symptoms:
Hypothyroidism is treated with hormones to replace the thyroid hormone that’s not being produced. Treating a hyperthyroid may be more complex because it can lead to a variety of health conditions that must be addressed, such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, bone mass loss, and thyroid storm.
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