As you start 2024 we at Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc., want to shine a light on a vital organ that often goes unnoticed. This organ is known as the thyroid. January is not only the month of fresh starts. It also marks Thyroid Disease Awareness Month. This month is meant to spread awareness, educate about thyroid disorders, their prevalence, and the importance of keeping a healthy thyroid for overall well-being.
Understanding the Thyroid:
The thyroid is a gland at the base of your neck that plays a huge role in regulating different parts of your body. It affects your metabolism, energy levels, and other bodily functions. Though it is small the thyroid has a lot of power over your health. When it works correctly, it releases hormones that keep balance in your body. If this is off it can lead to disorders. Thus, impacting everything from energy levels to mood.
Prevalence of Thyroid Disorders:
Thyroid issues are common. About 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, according to the American Thyroid Association. The two main types are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypo is when your thyroid does not make enough hormones. This results in fatigue, weight gain, and mood swings. Hyper is known as an overactive thyroid. This causes issues like weight loss, anxiety, and a faster heart rate. Both disorders can greatly impact your daily life.
Importance of Regular Check-ups:
During your check-ups, doctors can keep an eye on your thyroid health. This is through physical exams and blood tests. During the visit, providers may check your neck. Doctors are looking for any signs of thyroid swelling or flaws when they do this. You can get blood work done like the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test. This test helps measure the level of hormones your thyroid produces. These regular visits give your doctor vital information about thyroid health. If there are any issues, catching them early allows for better upkeep and helps keep your thyroid and overall health in check.
There are different factors that can impact thyroid function. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a balanced diet rich in iodine, selenium, and other essential nutrients supports thyroid health. This can be found in protein-rich foods like fish, meat, milk, and eggs. Besides eating a healthy diet, making sure you get enough sleep and doing regular exercise are also helpful. Sleeping helps your body balance hormones. It's like giving your body time to rest and recharge. Exercise is great too! It helps your metabolism and reduces stress.
As we enter 2024 let's focus on our thyroid health. This month is a reminder to be proactive about your health. Make regular check-ups with your Primary Care providers at Clinicas. These visits play a huge role in staying on top of thyroid health. It helps with early detection and management if needed. Clinicas is here to support you in making 2024 your healthiest and happiest year yet! Your health matters. Here's to thriving in the New Year!