The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple.
Your thyroid gland is the body's internal thermostat. It regulates the temperature by secreting hormones, mostly T4 (inactive) and small amounts of T3 (active), that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy.
Why It Matters
Thyroid hormone is also essential for normal growth and development and interacts with other hormones to modulate carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, as well as controlling other important biological functions. If the thyroid secretes too much hormone or too little hormone, the result can have critical effects on your overall health.
Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and properly functioning is critically important to the body's overall well-being.
If your thyroid is not functioning properly, it can produce too much thyroid hormone, which causes the body’s systems to speed up (hyperthyroidism); or it can create too little thyroid hormone, which causes the body’s systems to slow down (hypothyroidism).
Untreated thyroid disease may lead to elevated cholesterol levels and subsequent heart disease, as well as infertility and osteoporosis. Research also shows that there is a strong genetic link between thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases, including types of diabetes, arthritis, and anemia.1
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