Thyroid disease is a medical condition that affects the function of the thyroid gland, an organ at the base of the neck that produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate. Imbalance in thyroid hormone levels can lead to a range of health problems, from depression and fatigue to weight changes and irritability.
Thyroid disease can occur due to various reasons including autoimmune conditions, genetic disorders, certain medications, or problems with the pituitary gland. The two most common types of thyroid disease are hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid produces too much hormone, and hypothyroidism, where it doesn't produce enough.
Symptoms of thyroid disease can be insidious and vary greatly depending on whether the thyroid is overactive or underactive. Common symptoms include fatigue, weight changes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, and changes in heart rate. In some cases, the thyroid gland may also swell, causing a noticeable lump in the neck.
At Lifebridge Health Centre, we employ advanced diagnostic measures to accurately detect thyroid disease. Blood tests are often the first step to measure the levels of thyroid hormones and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Treatments are personalized and can include medication, radioiodine therapy, or surgery.
Living with thyroid disease requires consistent management and regular follow-ups. At Lifebridge Health Centre, we are committed to providing ongoing care and support to our patients. With proper treatment and lifestyle adjustments, individuals with thyroid disease can lead healthy, normal lives.