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JANUARY IS THYROID AWARENESS MONTH

Thyroid

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam’s    apple.  Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.  Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body’s overall well-being.

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Signs of Hyperthyroidism (Overactive thyroid)

  • Fast heart rate, often more than 100 beats per minute
  • Becoming anxious, irritable, argumentative
  • Trembling hands
  • Weight loss
  • Intolerance of warm temperatures and increased perspiration
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Tendency of fingernails to separate from the nail bed
  • Muscle weakness, especially of the upper arms and thighs
  • Loose and frequent bowel movements
  • Smooth skin
  • Change in menstrual pattern
  • Protrusion of the eyes, with or without double vision
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Accelerated loss of calcium from bones

 

Signs of Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)

  • Pervasive fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty with learning
  • Dry, brittle hair and nails
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Puffy face
  • Constipation
  • Sore muscles
  • Weight gain and fluid retention
  • Heavy and/or irregular menstrual flow
  • Increased frequency of miscarriages
  • Increased sensitivity to many medications

 

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a nurse for a one-on-one health education session with a nurse contact the Office of Community Health at (630)483-5665 or email health@hanover-township.org