Top 17 Signs There’s Something Wrong With Your Thyroid
One of the most important parts of our bodies is also one of the smallest ones. The thyroid, butterfly-shaped gland on the front of the neck below the Adam’s apple, releases hormones that have a huge impact on metabolism, among other processes. About 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, according to American Thyroid Association estimates. More than 12 percent of people in the U.S. will develop a thyroid condition, and around 60 percent don’t know they have a problem. A blood test is done to determine Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels. If they are above 2, then the glad isn’t functioning properly, Prudence Hall, MD, from The Hall Center, says. “The reference range used to be above 4.4, which is why 40-50 percent of cases were missed,” she adds.