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Diabetes & Endocrinology

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Thyroid Disorders

Your thyroid is a vital organ that controls numerous bodily functions. When your thyroid isn’t working the way it should, it impacts your entire body. Rochester Regional Health’s Thyroid Center offers a comprehensive treatment approach for the management of all types of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancers. Our experienced team of endocrinologists will create an individually designed treatment plan just for you.

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What Does the Thyroid Do?

Your thyroid is a small organ located in the front of the neck that wraps around your windpipe (the trachea). Shaped like a butterfly, your thyroid is a gland that releases and controls thyroid hormones that control your metabolism. These hormones are created by your thyroid and tell your body’s cells how much energy to use. When working properly, the thyroid will maintain the right amount of hormones to keep your metabolism working as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Common Thyroid Disorders

Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

You may experience a variety of symptoms if you have a thyroid disorder. They may resemble symptoms of other medical conditions and stages of life, making it difficult to know if your symptoms are a thyroid issue or something else.

Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) symptoms include:

  • anxiety, irritability, and nervousness
  • irregular menstrual periods – often lighter and/or spaced longer
  • feeling sensitive to heat
  • an enlarged thyroid gland or goiter
  • muscle weakness and tremors
  • vision problems or eye irritation
  • loss of weight

Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) symptoms include:

  • intolerance to cold
  • forgetfulness
  • tired
  • weight gain
  • hoarse voice
  • dry or coarse hair
  • frequent or heavy menstrual periods

Risk Factors

Thyroid disease can and does affect anyone—women, men, infants, teenagers, and the elderly. Nearly 20 million people in the United States have some type of thyroid disorder, and women are 5 to 8 times more likely to receive a thyroid diagnosis than men. You may be at risk of developing a thyroid disorder if you:

  • have a family history of thyroid disease
  • have a medical condition (can include anemia, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • take a medication that is high in iodine
  • are 60+ years old
  • have had a past thyroid condition or cancer

The thyroid experts at Rochester Regional Health will create a personalized care plan to help you manage whichever risks or thyroid disorder you may have. 

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Our Thyroid Center experts offer a comprehensive treatment approach for the management of all types of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancers. If you’re ready for a personalized treatment place, schedule your appointment today.
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