Infographic: Making sense of the thyroid gland

About 30 million people in the U.S. will develop a thyroid disease at some point, but most are unaware they have the condition. Communicators can help raise awareness.    

The thyroid can cause significant health problems even before birth.

Thyroid levels vary by trimester and should be monitored. Hypothyroidism can result in a baby’s being born with mental retardation or stunted growth.

Other ailments that affect this gland can occur in puberty and in older adults.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, an opportunity for communicators to share information with patients and their broader communities.

Many people are unfamiliar with the function of the butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that’s located in the front, lower neck. The American Thyroid Association website says the thyroid gland produces hormones that are secreted into the blood and carried to every tissue in the body.

Thyroid hormone helps the body:

  • Stay warm and use energy

  • Keep the brain, heart and other organs working properly

  • Regulate the function of the digestive tract

This infographic has additional information worth sharing. Take a look:

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Infographic-Thyroid

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