May – 25th Anniversary of Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid Disorders affect all Australians and 1 in 10 Australians will be affected by some form of thyroid disorder, 7 of the 10 are women.

The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck, below the voice box. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid plays a critical role in the healthy function of the body, influencing and regulating the activity of all cells and tissues. A healthy thyroid gland uses ingested iodine from iodine enriched foods to produce thyroid hormones which regulate body and brain growth and development, body temperature, energy levels and metabolic functions.

Early detection is important, a simple blood test and if necessary a thyroid ultrasound examination will either determine or eliminate the possibility.

Do not hesitate to visit your GP and discuss your concerns.

For more information check out the Australian Thyroid Foundation Site on:

http://www.thyroidfoundation.org.au/

Video to watch about the thyroid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=eQyL8EBDkVc&feature=emb_logo