If you believe you are suffering from a thyroid issue, don’t wait to have it checked. At FoundationMED in Raleigh, North Carolina, we treat not only the symptoms, but the underlying causes of your thyroid disorder.
What is the Thyroid?
Your thyroid is a small gland located at the front of your neck. It produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which regulate your metabolism, heart rate and digestive function. It also helps with muscle control, bone maintenance, brain development and mood regulation.
Thyroid disorders are sometimes caused by autoimmune diseases such as Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease. However, your thyroid disorder may also be due to nutrient deficiencies or other issues affecting the endocrine system or pituitary gland.
Thyroid disorders cause hyperactivity or hypoactivity, which means that your thyroid either produces too many or too few hormones. Your symptoms depend on whether you have a hyperactive or hypoactive thyroid.