In celebration of Thyroid Awareness Month, allow us at Neuron Health Systems to discuss this topic for the awareness of our home care recipients and their families.
The thyroid is a gland that produces hormones that many systems throughout your body need. It is located in front of the neck, wrapping around the trachea. When this gland is not working properly, it will affect your body entirely, depending on how they release the hormones.
Common thyroid diseases include the following:
Hyperthyroidism happens when an overactive thyroid creates too much hormone. This condition causes the metabolism to speed up, leading to anxiety, faster heartbeats, and increased appetite but quickly losing weight due to the fast burning of calories. Its causes are Grave’s disease, nodules, or excessive iodine in the body.
Contrary to hyperthyroidism, this happens when the gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. An underactive thyroid is unnoticeable at its onset. And late detection may cause high cholesterol and heart ailments in the long run. Its causes are thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and iodine deficiency.
Women of age 60 and above, people with a family history of thyroid conditions, and those who are taking medications with high iodine content are at risk of thyroid disease.
It is essential to get screenings and tests to know your risks of thyroid problems. Ask your companion care provider to accompany you during check-ups and tests.
When diagnosed, seniors can get in-home care services in Cinnaminson, New Jersey for assistance.
Who else can understand the challenges elders face from thyroid problems and other conditions but their families and personal care aides?
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