The lows and highs of thyroid
by C. Robert Meloni
This hormone stimulates metabolism, and that creates symptoms that can include excess sweating, fast heart beat (fast pulse), irritability, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, bulging eyes, shakiness, increased body warmth, and non-blinking of the eyes.
Hyperthyroidism refers to an overactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism refers to an under-active gland. The thyroid, situated just below the voice box generally controls the rate of body metabolism. Normally one cannot see it and your doctor can barely feel it. When the gland is overactive, it is generally larger, but when under-active it may be larger or smaller.
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