The thyroid gland is prone to two main disorders: hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). In hypothyroidism, the thyroid does not produce enough hormones causing many bodily functions to perform slower. In hyperthyroidism, too many hormones are being produced causing bodily systems to overwork.
To better understand the detrimental effects of either condition, it’s important to understand the importance of the thyroid and what it is really.
Let’s start with the basics. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. For such a small gland, weighing about 20 grams, it is a major player in the body, essential to all growth and development and a regulator of all body functions. Thyroid problems worldwide are found in 0.8 to 5 percent of the population, and they’re about four to seven times more likely in women, according to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada.
Thyroid nodules are also common in the thyroid gland, but they don’t cause serious health problems. These benign nodules happen when cell growth is somehow abnormal, and sometimes put pressure on the neck causing difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking, if they get too large. Generally, though, the thyroid functions normally when these nodules are present.
When we start talking about thyroid nodules, we need to mention thyroid cancer. If you feel a nodule in your neck, you want to get it checked immediately. Thyroid cancer is much less common than benign nodules, and the cure rate for thyroid cancer is 90 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Functional disorders of the thyroid are related to the gland activity and fall into these two main categories:
Hypothyroidism can result from a number of causes, including the following:
Hypothyroidism symptoms include:
Hyperthyroidism can be caused by the following:
Hyperthyroidism symptoms include:
If you’d like to try a natural approach, there are steps you can take. For hypothyroid natural remedies, there are natural extracts containing thyroid hormone from the thyroid glands of pigs. These are available by prescription from your doctor, one alternative to synthetic hormone medication.
There are also good lifestyle interventions to try, including:
For hyperthyroidism, which can contribute to thinning bones, the following natural approaches can help:
Even if you no longer experience the symptoms and have pursued hypothyroid natural remedies with much success, discuss follow-up visits with your doctor on a regular basis.
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