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“Check your neck for thyroid awareness” Jan. 10, 2016 By Jon Kelvey

Check your neck for thyroid awareness

Jan. 10, 2016

By Jon Kelvey

Image courtesy of WebMD.com 

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a campaign of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists designed to inform the public of the importance of this organ and how to recognize when something goes wrong.

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the base of the neck that releases compounds, the thyroid hormones T3 and T4, in order to help regulate the body's metabolism, according to Dr. Mack Harrell, immediate past president of the association.

This year, the thyroid awareness campaign is focusing on hypothyroidism, the most common thyroid disorder, where decreased levels of thyroid hormones can create a wide range of symptoms from depression, lack of energy and weight fluctuations, to constipation, sensitivity to cold and dry, itchy skin.

There is a campaign website with additional information at www.thyroidawareness.com.

According to information provided by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, hypothyroidism is one of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions in the U.S., with estimates that as much as 10 percent to the population may have the disease.

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