Thyroid Disease Awareness: Causes, Symptoms And Prevention

January 3, 2023

Woman getting screened for a thyroid condition at AFC Urgent Care Danbury

Thyroid disease is one of the most common endocrine disorders and affects millions of people around the world. It is important to be aware of the symptoms, causes, and treatments of thyroid disease in order to properly diagnose and manage the condition. 

AFC Urgent Care Danbury is here to help educate you about thyroid disease, its symptoms, causes, and treatments. We will also discuss the importance of early diagnosis and management of the condition in order to avoid potential complications. By understanding the basics of thyroid disease and its management, you can ensure that you are taking proper steps to protect your health.

What Is Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid disease is caused by an imbalance in your body’s production of thyroid hormones. The two main thyroid hormones are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The thyroid gland’s responsibility is to manage how much of these hormones are produced. Thyroid disease occurs when there is an imbalance of these hormones and there’s a disruption in the glands ability to produce.

Two Types of Thyroid Conditions 

The two common categories of a thyroid disease fall into Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism:

With hypothyroidism your thyroid gland can’t make enough hormones to function well.. In hypothyroidism, the gland’s hormone production slows. This, in turn, slows your metabolism, which can lead to weight gain and other symptoms. 

Hyperthyroidism:

As its name suggests, hyperthyroidism occurs when your body makes too much of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), and becomes overactive. If you have hyperthyroidism, you may experience a fast heartbeat, increased appetite, anxiety, sensitivity to heat, or sudden weight loss.

Keep in mind that Thyroid disorder symptoms depend on whether the thyroid is under- or over-producing hormones.  (hypothyroidism) too much. (hyperthyroidism) too little.

Thyroid conditions can lead to the following:

Hashimoto’s disease - This is an autoimmune disorder that can lead to hypothyroidism. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, reducing the amount of thyroid hormones available in the body.

Thyroiditis - This is an inflammation of the thyroid gland, which can lead to hypothyroidism. It is often caused by an infection or a reaction to an infection, such as pneumonia.

Hyperthyroidism - This occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, leading to symptoms such as weight loss, increased heart rate and irritability.

Thyroid nodules - These are lumps or growths on the thyroid gland that may be benign or cancerous. 

Graves Disease- Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that causes a condition called hyperthyroidism. With this condition, your thyroid gland creates too much thyroid hormone in the body. Graves’ disease is one of the most common forms of hyperthyroidism.

Getting Checked For A Thyroid Disorder

A medical professional at AFC Urgent Care Danbury Main St can test for a Thyroid condition. Checking for thyroid disease is similar to other kinds of medical evaluations. The doctor considers the patient’s medical history, examines the thyroid and may order a blood test or other diagnostic tests. The doctor feels for the size and texture of the gland, and whether any masses or nodules are present. There are specific examinations for Nodules and Thyroid function. 

Living With a Thyroid Condition 

Managing a Thyroid condition is life changing. There will be dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and medication/treatment will be part of the new lifestyle. Managing a condition can be complicated, but with some effort and motivation, it isn’t impossible. Especially, if you have the right support and help. 

AFC Urgent Care Danbury Main St Can Check For Thyroid Disease

AFC Urgent Care Danbury Main St will look out for you! Do not hesitate in asking your questions or making an appointment.  Our doors are open 7 days a week and we take in walk-ins. If you’re worried about having a thyroid disorder, we can give you a full examination and administer blood work to give you a peace of mind.

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