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Thyroid Awareness Month- FREE SCREENINGS

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland located in the mid-line lower neck.  The thyroid gland’s main function is to secrete hormones into the blood stream to the rest of your body.  The thyroid gland mainly produces thyroid hormone which is vitally important in regulating metabolism, as well as, regulating brain development, normal heart and digestive function.  The thyroid gland also secretes calcitonin which is important for bone maintenance. 

Dysfunction of the thyroid occurs when it produced too much or too little thyroid hormone. Hypothyroid patients have an under active thyroid.  Symptoms include but are not limited to weight gain, fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, puffy face, hoarse voice, poor concentration, depression and heavy menstrual periods.  Hyperthyroid patients have an over active thyroid.  Symptoms include weight loss with normal appetite and food intake, rapid or irregular heartbeat, nervousness, irritability, tremor, sweating, more frequent bowel movements, insomnia, and pain in neck, enlarged thyroid and changes in menstrual patterns.

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, have your primary care physician check your thyroid levels.

We are also offering FREE THYROID screenings the following days:

Friday, January 17th, 1pm-3pm Allied ENT Specialty Center 6301 University Commons, Suite 360, South Bend, IN Call 574.232.4800 for an appointment

Wednesday, January 22nd, 1pm-3pm General & Vascular Surgery 500 Arcade, Suite 320, Elkhart, IN 46514 Call 574.236.1888 for an appointment

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