As we go through life, we often hear about various medical conditions—such as heart disease, high cholesterol, or osteoporosis—and the steps we can take to prevent those maladies. We don’t often hear about thyroid issues, but they are more common than you might think.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It’s part of the endocrine system, a system of glands that produce, store, and release hormones into the bloodstream so they can reach the body’s cells.
The main hormone is thyroxine, or T4, but there’s also T3, or triiodothyronine. The thyroid takes iodine found in the foods we eat and converts it to these two hormones. They act throughout the body, influencing metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature.
by Rochelle Shenk, read more in www.businesswomanpa.com