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HormonesThyroid Disease
January 5, 2018

What is a goiter?

It’s a funny-sounding word, but a goiter can have a real impact on your health. A goiter is an abnormal growth on your thyroid gland. The lump is an enlargement of the butterfly-shaped gland (your thyroid) at the base of your neck; which will move up and down when you swallow. Your thyroid produces two important hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) These thyroid hormones have a major impact on: Growth Heartbeat Immune regulation in the intestine The use of oxygen and energy The use of vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, electrolytes, and water Heat production Fertility So, the presence of a…
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HormonesThyroid Disease
January 5, 2018

Get to know your thyroid

Your thyroid, an important gland located in the neck, functions like the conductor of the orchestra of the human body. It secretes important hormones that are pivotal to growth and metabolism. “It’s involved in assisting with the regulation of body temperature and weight, growth and development, the function of the muscles, the brain and the nervous system as well as assisting in fertility and pregnancy, among many other functions,” says Dr Joel Dave, an endocrinologist based in Cape Town. In order to regulate these body functions, the thyroid takes iodine (which is found in many foods and helps convert food…
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HormonesThyroid Disease
October 25, 2017

Feeling anxious often? You could have hyperthyroidism.

Despite being one of the smaller organs in the body, the thyroid gland is one of the most powerful. Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences metabolism, breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, body weight and body temperature! With all that responsibility, what happens if something goes wrong?! Disorders of the thyroid The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods you eat to make two main hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body and are responsible for regulating the speed with which your cells work.…
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HormonesThyroid Disease
November 24, 2013

10 Signs that you could have thyroid dysfunction

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in your body, it’s about the size of your 2 thumbs held together in a “V” shape, and it weighs around 60g. The Thyroid gland is found in the front part of your neck, and is responsible for a number of vital functions: the hormones T3 and T4 control your metabolism and how your body responds to other hormones. So, if your Thyroid gland isn’t working properly it’s easy to see why you’ll notice very quickly if something is wrong. The problem is, sometimes the symptoms are vague and this…
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