Thyroid Awareness Month

January starts off with a bang and carries on, taking us through the cold, cozy winter. After New Year’s Eve, there are few official holidays. This year, we want to share a little-known, but interesting, monthly observance.

January marks Thyroid Awareness Month. That means it’s time to learn about your thyroid and the risk factors for several thyroid conditions.thyroid health problems

Let’s take a look at the basic thyroid facts and how to be aware of your thyroid health.

Thyroid Basics

Here are the basic thyroid facts, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists:

What is the thyroid gland?

“The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple.”

What does the thyroid gland do?

“The thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.”


Thyroid Conditions and Risk Factors

There are several conditions related to the thyroid gland, including:

The above links provide information and the risk factors that increase the likelihood of an individual having each condition.

Thyroid Health

To check on your thyroid, you can have a simple thyroid profile test. This test measures thyroid function. A physician can then use the results of this test to diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. If you’re concerned about the possibility of a thyroid health condition, visit our Kansas City-area lab for a private thyroid test. Call (816) 399-4597 to schedule your appointment today.

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