What Does The Thyroid Gland Do?
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What Does The Thyroid Gland Do?

    What Does The Thyroid Gland Do?

    The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the neck. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism.

    The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that control how fast our bodies use energy. This helps us maintain normal body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.

    The thyroid gland is also involved in regulating growth and development during childhood and adolescence. If the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, children may develop delayed puberty. In adults, low levels of thyroid hormone can cause fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and muscle weakness.

    What Is the Thyroid Gland?

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ located at the base of the throat. It is composed of two lobes, one on each side of the trachea (windpipe). The thyroid gland produces three different hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and calcitonin. T4 is the primary hormone produced by the thyroid gland. T3 is made when T4 is converted into T3. Calcitonin is a hormone that helps control calcium levels in the body.

    Where Is the Thyroid Located?

    The thyroid gland is located just below the Adam's apple in the front of the neck. It is attached to the windpipe with ligaments.

    What Are Hormones?

    A hormone is a chemical substance produced by one part of the body that affects another part of the body. There are two main categories of hormones: steroid hormones and peptide hormones. Steroid hormones are fat soluble and are found in both men and women. Peptide hormones are water soluble and are only found in men.

    What Role Does Metabolism Play In Health?

    The thyroid gland plays a key role in regulating metabolism. This means that it helps control how much energy we use and stores. If the thyroid gland does not work properly, then our bodies will not produce enough thyroid hormone. This can lead to low blood sugar levels, weight gain, fatigue, and other symptoms.

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