Endocrinology

Weathering the perils of thyroid storm

Your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which regulates your metabolism, growth and temperature. When your thyroid gland malfunctions, you may seem a little off balance. If it makes too little thyroid hormone, you feel sluggish and tired. If it makes too much, you’re shaky and anxious. If your thyroid gland makes way too much thyroid …

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Lack of energy could be hypothyroidism

Martha rarely could muster up the energy to exercise. She felt tired all the time, and it seemed she was gaining weight, even though she was eating less, not more, than usual. Her physician checked her thyroid hormone levels. Sure enough, her thyroid gland was underfunctioning in a condition called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the underproduction …

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Hyperthyroidism — Your body in overdrive

Carrie was overjoyed. She was losing weight — and she wasn’t even trying! She had lost two dress sizes in the last six months. Unfortunately — as she found out at her yearly exam — the weight loss was due to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, or T4, says Deepika …

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