Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

Welcome back Panthers. Many students are making new year’s resolutions. How about making a resolution to be healthier this year. January is Thyroid awareness month. According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. The thyroid is a small gland that is shaped like a butterfly. It is located at the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. It plays a big role in our body. It influences the functioning of many of our essential organs such as the heart, liver, brain, kidneys and skin. The thyroid makes a thyroid hormone which is secreted into the blood and it gets carried to every tissue in the body. This hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm, and keeps the brain, heart, muscles and other organs working properly. It is important to make sure that your thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly. According to the American Thyroid Association:

  • More than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime.
  • Up to 60% of individuals with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five times more likely to develop the condition.
  • Most thyroid conditions are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.
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