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Your Thyroid: Small Gland, Big Impact – Dr. Christina Bratcher

In the front of your throat, beneath your chin and just behind the skin, lies a very small gland that has a very big impact on your health. Your thyroid produces a hormone that regulates systems throughout your body. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast endocrinology expert Dr. Christina Bratcher answers questions on thyroid health.

Where is the thyroid gland and what does it do? (first question)

When the thyroid makes more hormones than the body needs it’s called hyperthyroidism. What is hyperthyroidism and what are the symptoms? (skip to 0:34)

How is hyperthyroidism treated? (skip to 1:09)

The opposite of hyperthyroidism is hypothyroidism — when the thyroid doesn’t make enough hormones. What causes hypothyroidism and what are its symptoms? (skip to 1:33)

How is hypothyroidism treated? (skip to 2:10)

What is the connection between thyroid disease and heart disease? (skip to 2:31)

For women especially, the thyroid gland is frequently blamed for being overweight. How common is an underactive thyroid gland that results in weight gain? (skip to 3:05)

Are there other diseases of the thyroid gland? (skip to 3:49)

How are thyroid diseases diagnosed? (skip to 4:21)

If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disease, when do you need to see a specialist, in this case, an endocrinologist? (skip to 5:00)

Can thyroid disease be cured or is it lifelong? (skip to 5:37)