Thyroid Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month, observed in January, is a time to increase awareness of the health and function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small gland located in the base of the neck that is part of the endocrine system. The thyroid gland is responsible for various functions including, among other things, metabolism, body temperature regulation, cognitive function, and digestion.
Many people are familiar with the condition known as hypothyroidism, when the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones. While many people suffer from this type of thyroid dysfunction, there are other thyroid conditions, as well. These conditions include hyperthyroidism (thyroid gland is overactive), Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune diseases), goiter (thyroid enlargement), thyroid nodules (growths on the thyroid gland that can be caused by another condition, i.e. Hashimoto’s), and thyroid cancer.
Thyroid Awareness Month Sponsor: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
To learn more, visit http://www.thyroidawareness.com