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What to know about common thyroid disorders


(Tim Huzar/ Medical News Today) — The thyroid is a small gland that helps regulate a person’s metabolism by producing hormones. Problems can occur if the thyroid overproduces hormones, when it is known as hyperthyroidism, or underproduces hormones, which is called hypothyroidism. These issues may also result in the growth of the thyroid, which is called a goiter.

Researchers estimate that about 13 million people have an undiagnosed thyroid condition in the United States.

This article looks at the different types of thyroid disorders, what causes them, what their symptoms are, and how doctors diagnose and treat them.

Hypothyroidism is when a person’s thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It is a more common thyroid issue than hyperthyroidism.

Not having enough thyroid hormone can slow down a person’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism is especially common in women. (…)

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