What Is Endocrinology? Endocrinology is a specialty that offers advanced training in the endocrine system, which includes various glands and organs that secrete hormones such as the thyroid, pancreas (diabetes), testes, and adrenal glands, among others. Endocrinologists also commonly treat osteoporosis. Today, let’s discuss the thyroid gland and more specifically hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism, the way your body uses energy. The thyroid's hormones regulate vital body functions, including your heart rate, body weight, temperature, nervous system, menstrual cycles in women and even have an effect on your cholesterol. The Underactive Thyroid Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce
It may not get as much attention as other parts of the body - your thyroid is a major player in your health. The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the front of the neck. It produces thyroid hormones that regulate a variety of body functions including heart rate, body temperature and the release of energy to cells. The amount of hormones produced by the thyroid gland must be balanced for the body to operate properly. It is increasingly important to help people recognize symptoms of thyroid imbalance so they can be addressed as early as possible. When a thyroid produces too little hormone, it is known as hypothyroidism. When too much hormone is produced, it is known as hyperthyroidism. Women
Part Two of "GI Function and it's Relation to Optimal Health". Continuing from last week - Dr. Sundermeyer & Dr. Wallace discusses how proper digestion, absorption and elimination affect health.