Healthy Thyroid Important for Overall Wellness
January 5, 2016
An estimated 15 million Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems, states the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology.
Fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, and muscle weakness are all conditions that may be related to a malfunctioning thyroid. January is Thyroid Awareness Month and a perfect time to focus on this small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck.
According to Kim Huntington-Alfano, D.O., a physician at Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic in Downers Grove, your thyroid plays a critical role in your overall health by regulating the body’s hormones and metabolism. “As the master gland in the body, optimal levels of thyroid hormones are needed to feel your best. When these levels are off, you can feel sluggish and may notice difficulty concentrating and experience poor sleep. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms,” Dr. Kim Huntington-Alfano said.
Your physician can determine if your thyroid gland is functioning normally and may recommend a simple TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) blood test. For more information about your thyroid or other health concerns, contact the Family Medicine Department at the Multispecialty Clinic in Illinois at 630.743.4500 or in Arizona at 623.537.6000.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment and does not establish a provider/patient relationship. Always consult your own physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.