Why is it that the neck gets left out of the expression head and shoulders above the rest when talking about clear superiority? After all, without a neck there’s no head, and you wouldn’t have a good one on your shoulders if we’re to use another common expression. Your neck is pretty important, and so are the esophagus, airway, and carotid artery running through it among other valuable parts. One of them that’s smaller but equally important is your thyroid gland, which is located right in the front of your neck. Thyroid disorders are serious problems, and so what makes this gland’s function so important?
Right below your Adam’s apple is where you thyroid is located, and it’s incorrect to think that only guys have Adam’s apples as women have them too. It’s just that they’re more pronounced in males. Anyways, your thyroid gland can be seen as an important provider in the body, and what we mean by that is that it has 3 hormones it supplies if everything’s working as it should be. If triiodothyronine (T3), tetraiodothyronine (T4), and calcitonin are produced in the quantities needed then much of the body’s functions are regulated properly, as well as promoting overall growth and development.
Hypothyroidism is the most common of thyroid disorders, and it’s when the hormone fails to produce those 3 hormones with as much volume as needed. Autoimmune diseases are the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Thyroiditis is swelling of the gland and another of the thyroid disorders that may require medication treatment, and the usual approach to treat thyroid disorder and hypothyroidism is with medication like Synthroid, which is actually among the most prescribed medications in America and one you can get for less when you order drugs online from Canada.
Let’s look at Thyroid disorders in greater detail, including hyperthyroidism and goiters too plus the relationship between the thyroid and pituitary glands when it comes to growth. It’s interesting stuff.
Medication for thyroid disorders work very well, and that’s a good thing as there’s no cure for hypothyroidism and many people who use Synthroid will be on it permanently. But thyroid meds are ones where it’s possible to be taking too much of the medication and creating a different health risk. Hyperthyroidism is when your medication is promoting too much of the thyroid hormones and you’ll have inability to sleep, greater appetite, nervousness, shakiness, overheating, and trouble exercising. Not as common for humans, but did you know that hyperthyroidism is very common for cats.
Not good, so it’s important to be exact with correct dosage and doctors are in the know with this.
Next up in our look at thyroid disorders is the goiter. A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland, and in some cases the thyroid becomes so large that is visibly bulging from the neck. Again, not good and fortunately Synthroid is an ideal thyroid medication to get rid of goiters too. The primary cause of goiters is iodine deficiency, and so as you’d expect increasing iodine levels through diet and / or supplementation is also a part of goiter treatment.
Goiters can also occur because of hyperthyroidism so it’s another reason why the dosage for drugs for thyroid disorders need to be regulated very accurately for each individual.
And if those medications are ones you need but don’t have extended coverage for Rx meds through your employer then ordering drugs online from Canada may be a way to get a much better price on Synthroid or another med or supplement for thyroid disorders. Something to consider.
A healthy functioning thyroid manages breathing, heart rate, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, cholesterol levels, metabolic rate, digestive function, bone maintenance and brain development. That list makes it very clear how your thyroid is a very important part of your body and having thyroid disorders throw all of this out of whack is going to be a real problem.
The pituitary gland is another small one that’s located a ways north of the Thyroid and it and the thyroid are definitely teammates. The pituitary gland stimulates the thyroid gland, and when that happens as it should all the energy required for those body processes listed above is distributed as it should be. The connection between the pituitary and thyroid glands is important, because when their teamwork isn’t dialed in like it should be then unbalanced use of energy in the body occurs.
Yet again, not good and most people will know of the pituitary gland because of it’s role in people growing to be giants (gigantism). Nothing to do with thyroid disorders but without abnormal pituitary gland function there would have been no 7’4” 500lb Andre the GIANT for Hulk Hogan to bodyslam at Wrestlemania III and shock the world. He would still be an Andre and he might even have been a rather tall Frenchman, but he wouldn’t have been Andre the Giant.