Identifying Thyroid Disease: Monique Manganelli, MD, Endocrinologist
Your thyroid gland is located in your neck and produces thyroid hormone, which causes things to happen in the body including accelerating or slowing your metabolism.
Hyperthyroidism: the gland overproduces hormone so we start to see symptoms of a patient being overstimulated - heart rate goes up, more anxious, jumpy, shaky, losing weight without trying to lose weight.
Hypothyroidism: as you get older, you are more likely to develop an under-active thyroid gland that can lead to fatigue or discomfort. It is more common in women than men. The most common reason is an autoimmune disorder that leads to destruction of the gland, so the gland cannot keep up with the demands of the body. When that happens, everything slows down. You may notice some weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, slowed heart rate, puffy face, cold intolerance, etc.
If you start to feel something is not right - as if you are slowing down, feeling anxious and can't understand why, not sleeping well, etc., then it is time to see your physician.
Dr. Monique Manganelli is a Holy Cross Medical Group endocrinologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL.