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MEGA, The Easiest Way to Remember What Your Thyroid Does For You

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Ever wonder why you have more difficulty losing fat than most? One influencer of your metabolism can be your thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland sitting around the throat. In addition to metabolism, this gland impacts some of the most important systems in the body.

Furthermore, there are an estimated 20 million Americans experiencing a thyroid condition of some kind. Could you be at risk?
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Twelve percent of people, 1 out of every 8 people, will have a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime.  Of those with thyroid disease, sixty percent are unaware that they have it.  Considering these numbers, you have a 1 in 14 chance of having thyroid disease without even knowing it.

So what is the thyroid and what problems can a dysfunctional thyroid cause? The thyroid gland is a hormone in the neck that controls how quickly the body uses metabolizes energy. Simply put, the more thyroid hormone you have working, the more you will metabolize energy.  Thyroid dysfunction comes in the forms of both too much and too little.

  • Hypothyroid: An under-active thyroid metabolizes less energy, which can cause you to gain weight, suffer chronic fatigue, or often feel cold. This is more common in women and can also contribute to feelings of depression.
  • Hyperthyroid:  An over-active thyroid will metabolize more energy, making you feel restless, causing undesired weight loss, and feeling hot.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.