What is Thyroidism?
The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and releases hormones that control the body’s metabolism. The thyroid regulates many processes within the body and when it does not function normally, unwanted symptoms can occur. It is sometimes difficult to determine if symptoms are associated with a thyroid abnormality, so specific tests are usually required to get to the root of the problem. The skilled family doctors at Dr. Reddy's Family Clinic of Irving have the diagnostics and training to accurately diagnose a thyroid problem so that proper treatment can be prescribed.
Types of Thyroid Disease
When discussing an abnormal thyroid, there are two distinct variations: hypothyroidism (low hormone levels) and hyperthyroidism (an increase in thyroid hormones). One of the most common symptoms when the thyroid does not function properly is a change in weight. Low levels of the thyroid hormone can cause weight gain, while increased levels can cause weight loss. These thyroid disorders can also cause a number of additional symptoms. Hypothyroidism can lead to a decrease in energy, depression, exhaustion, and feeling sluggish. On the other hand, hyperthyroidism can interrupt sleep and cause anxiety, irritability, and restlessness. Hair loss, body temperature irregularities, dry skin, vision problems, and other symptoms can be caused by a thyroid disorder.