What Is Your Thyroid?

Part of your body's endocrine system, the thyroid plays a role in a variety of your body's very important functions. A thyroid disorder occurs when there is a problem with your thyroid, which can negatively impact many of these functions. If you are concerned about thyroid disorders and want to learn more, you can reach out to Dr. Juan Zubieta of North Houston Diabetes Institute in Humble, TX.

Thyroid Gland

When referring to the thyroid, what doctors are talking about is the thyroid gland, which is located just at the base of your neck. Just like all organs and glands associated with the endocrine system, it secretes hormones that transmit information from one part of the body to another.

You can think of hormones as chemical messengers and when there is a problem with the glands and organs that secrete them you can end up with miscommunications that can cause serious problems.

The thyroid gland specifically deals with functions related to metabolism, temperature regulation, and keeping your organs and muscles working properly.

Thyroid Disorder

The different disorders associated with the thyroid gland can occur due to either excess or too little hormone production. The thyroid gland can also become enlarged and swell, and nodules can develop that can become cancerous.

You are more likely to develop a thyroid disorder if you have a family history of it and if you are a woman. Certain health conditions also increase your chances of developing thyroid problems such as anemia and type 1 diabetes.

Thyroid Disorder Treatment in Humble, TX

Symptoms of thyroid disorders can be quite varied and may be different depending on the specific condition, but they can include physical changes to your thyroid gland, sudden weight gain or weight loss, constipation or frequent bowel movements, joint pain, and sleeping problems, among many others. With thyroid cancer, there may be no symptoms until you undergo a routine examination, which makes these very important.

Untreated thyroid disorders can lead to very serious complications, so schedule a visit today for a consultation with Dr. Zubieta of North Houston Diabetes Institute Humble, TX, by dialing (832) 644-9595.

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