Thyroid health

Your thyroid — a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck — stores and produces hormones that affect the function of nearly every organ in our bodies. Your thyroid's main job is to convert iodine, found in many foods, to the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) to help regulate your body's metabolic rate. Your thyroid, when functioning normally, typically has modest effects on your weight and energy level. But if your thyroid isn't functioning normally, you may experience one of two common thyroid conditions: hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

The symptoms for each are many, but, in general, if you notice a significant change in your energy level, mood, weight or appetite, it may be time to pay a visit to your health care provider. A simple blood test can let your doctor know what's going on. With the right treatment — often a daily medication, but sometimes, surgery — you can get your emotional and physical health back in balance.

Get back in balance with the right thyroid treatment.