Here's What Happens to Your Body When Your Thyroid Is Imbalanced

The human body relies on hormones to regulate every function, from your sleep cycles to your reproductive system. Most of the time, people take for granted that their hormones are getting the job done; it’s not until there’s an imbalance that they become aware of the critical role hormones play.

This is especially true of your thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism and energy. If there’s a problem with your thyroid, the results can have a profound impact on your life.

At Rockwall Surgical Specialists, our highly trained team specializes in thyroid surgery and knows the workings of this gland and the impact that an imbalance in hormone production can have on your overall health and wellness. 

To help you better understand the role that your thyroid hormones play, here’s a look at what happens to your body when there’s an imbalance.

Hypothyroidism

One of the more common problems when it comes to your thyroid is hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid underproduces critical hormones. The symptoms of hypothyroidism typically develop slowly, but they can reach a point where your quality of life and health are greatly affected. These symptoms include:

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, they could be a sign of an underperforming thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism

This condition is caused by an overproduction of hormones in your thyroid gland, which can lead to:

Again, if these symptoms come on with no explanation, it’s worth having your thyroid checked to determine if there’s a problem in your hormone production.

Thyroid cancer

This form of cancer strikes more than 52,000 men and women in the United States each year, with women outpacing men by more than two to one. The most common signs of thyroid cancer include:

These signs may also be attributable to a benign thyroid nodule or goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland.

In these cases, surgery is often the best solution to remove the cancer or nodule, allowing your thyroid to function properly. At Rockwall Surgical Specialists, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing minimally invasive thyroid surgery, stopping the disease before it can cause more serious problems.

If you need thyroid surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices in Rowlett, Rockwall, Greenville, or Forney, Texas.

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