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What Happens If Your Thyroid Is Out of Balance?

If your thyroid gland isn’t working quite right, this could lead to lots of problems. Your thyroid produces important hormones that regulate many functions in your body. If your thyroid is having problems, you could experience weight gain, a lack of energy, mood challenges, and other symptoms.

If you suspect you have a thyroid problem, Dr. Vandana Kumra and her team at ENT New York can give you a thorough exam and put you on the path to better health.

Thyroid basics

Your thyroid is a gland that produces a range of important hormones. These hormones may be small, but they have a tremendous impact on your health. Having the correct balance of thyroid hormones can allow your body to maintain a normal body temperature, a healthy appetite, good energy levels, and much more. 

Underactive thyroid symptoms

If your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, you have a condition called hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

Many of these symptoms are similar to those of depression, so getting a proper diagnosis is important. If you have hypothyroidism, treatment for depression alone won’t alleviate your symptoms.

Overactive thyroid symptoms

If your thyroid produces too many hormones, your condition is called hyperthyroidism. The overproduction of thyroid hormones can lead to:

Just as hypothyroidism can be mistaken for depression, hyperthyroidism can be confused with an anxiety disorder or high levels of stress. So again, getting a proper diagnosis is key.

Treatment for thyroid imbalances

Fortunately, thyroid imbalances are treatable. While lifestyle changes, such as eating well and exercising, may bring relief when your thyroid hormones are out of balance, medication and surgery can be effective, too. After a diagnosis, which typically involves a comprehensive exam and blood tests, Dr. Kumra will help determine your best course of treatment. 

Options may include:

If you have questions about thyroid disease or suspect you’re experiencing the effects of a hormone imbalance, book an appointment online or over the phone with ENT New York today.

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