Thyroid Health

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped at the front of your neck. A part of the endocrine system, the thyroid controls many of the body’s crucial functions by producing and releasing thyroid hormones, like triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Its main job is to control the speed of your metabolic rate (metabolism) or how your body transforms the food you consume into energy. Thyroid disease is when you make either too little (hypothyroidism) or too much (hyperthyroidism) thyroid hormone.

Tips to Maintain a Healthy ThyroidThyroid Health

  • Exercise three to five times a week. Working out is a great way to avoid lethargy and weight gain. In addition, increasing your muscle mass will boost your metabolism.
  • Stick to a diet low in processed foods and sugar. Extra chemicals and sugar lead to inflammation, which worsens the symptoms of an underactive thyroid.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight. The higher your body weight, the more thyroid hormone your body will require.
  • Find ways to limit stress. Research shows that stress causes resistance to the thyroid hormone.
  • Limit the amount of cruciferous vegetables in your diet. Vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage interfere with your thyroid hormone production.

When to Get Your Thyroid Checked

You should visit your primary healthcare provider if you are experiencing one or multiple of these symptoms.

Thyroid Health

  • You are constantly tired and exhausted regardless of your sleep habits.
  • You have temperature tolerance issues to cold or heat.
  • You develop palpitations or tremors.
  • You have a swollen neck or notice a lump in your thyroid gland.
  • You notice changes in your skin or thinning of your hair.
  • You experience periods of depression and anxiety.
  • Your bowel habits change.
  • You experience significant changes in your weight despite exercise and a stable diet.

Your doctor will review your medical history, ask about your symptoms, and perform a physical exam. They will feel your thyroid gland to check for nodules or if it is enlarged. Additional tests, such as a blood test or an imaging test, will be conducted to confirm your diagnosis.

Care and Treatment in Addison Corridor

One Medical Addison

“Our Addison Prestonwood Place office offers exceptional primary care for kids and adults of all ages, including seniors on Medicare. We focus on building real relationships with patients and using technology to simplify every aspect of getting care. And we’re not just here for when you’re sick or injured. We can also help you meet physical and mental health goals, manage chronic illnesses, and live a healthier life.”

Dallas Medical Center Primary Care Clinic 

“At Dallas Medical Center, your care is our top priority. We make getting the care you need as effortless as possible using the best diagnostic techniques available. We have a primary care clinic in the area and are accepting new patients. Walk-ins are welcome, and same-day appointments are available.”

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