thyroid disease The Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck

The Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck

Thyroid Disease

Among all hormonal disorders, thyroid disorders are the most common. Your thyroid provides energy to nearly every organ in your body. But without the right amount of thyroid hormones, your body’s natural functions do not work properly. An estimated 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, and up to 60% of those are unaware of their condition.

Three Types of Thyroid disease

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

An overactive thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. As a result, it prompts overactivity of the body’s organs, an accelerated metabolism, unintentional weight loss, and an irregular heartbeat. As a result, people with hyperthyroidism feel tired. Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid, may cause hyperthyroidism and trigger the release of excess hormones.

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

An underactive thyroid gland produces too little hormone. As a result, that deficiency disrupts heart rate, body temperature, and metabolism. Older women may suffer from hypothyroidism most. Major symptoms include fatigue and sensitivity to cold. Other symptoms are constipation, dry skin, and unexplained weight gain. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an immune condition, is the most common cause of underactive thyroid. When this disease attacks your thyroid gland, it causes chronic thyroid inflammation that reduces thyroid function.

Goiter

Your thyroid is enlarged or has a nodule growth in the most common of thyroid disorders. Both Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease may cause a goiter. Goiter can also follow from an iodine deficiency due to lack of dietary iodine or an over-use of hormone-inhibiting foods like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Chaitali Nangrani M.D is here for you

Chaitali Nangrani M.D is here for you

Treating thyroid disorders

Treating for too much or too little thyroid hormone depends on restoring the hormone levels to their proper balance as a result.

  • Possible treatments for overactive thyroid include
    • radioactive iodine to shrink the gland
    • anti-thyroid medications
    • beta-blockers (usually  used for high blood pressure)
    • or surgery to remove most of your thyroid gland.
    • Also if you have hyperthyroidism, you must limit your iodine intake.
  • Standard treatment for an underactive thyroid involves a daily dose of a synthetic hormone to restore adequate levels.
  • Small benign goiters may not require treatment, while large or malignant goiters need medical and surgical treatment.

Your unresolved menopausal-like symptoms may mask an undiagnosed thyroid disease. So if menopause-like symptoms persist, ask the doctor for a thyroid test.

Where are we located?

Call now for a consultation with Dr. Nangrani. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, she will help you sort out a program to regain your health. As a result, your balanced thyroid hormone will affect your whole body!

You are our top priority here at Vedas. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, our North Houston office is only minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway). Come get acquainted with Dr. Nangrani, our board-certified Medical Director. She has practiced for over 15 years. Please call our office to schedule your free consultation at (281) 298-5476. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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