Thyroid Eli Green PED 488 Program Design for Healthy and Special Populations
What is Thyroid? The thyroid gland is part of the Endocrine system and secretes many hormones throughout the body. The overall produced hormones are known as thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone acts to influence metabolism, body temperature, growth, and brain development. Regulated by Hypothalamus.
Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism means that your body secretes too much thyroid hormones. Increase in appetite with a decrease or no change in body weight. Increases HR. Muscle and joint pain. Nervous or moody. Can lead to serious heart problems. Graves’ disease.
Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism means that your body does not make enough thyroid hormone. Tired, weak, and depressed. Weight gain, dry skin, and hair loss. People of any age can get hypothyroidism, but older adults are most likely to get it. Especially women 60 years of age and older have the highest risk. Raises cholesterol levels, increases risk of heart attack, or stroke. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Causes the body’s immune system to attack thyroid tissue.