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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

Understanding the Signs and Symptoms   Most of us are running on stress, caffeine, and minimal sleep. As a result, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and poor digestion seem to have become the new normal.   Many practitioners do not specialize in hormones and can easily overlook these common medical red flags. The goal today is to help you understand the difference between hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue symptoms so you will feel more empowered to test, treat, or refer out as needed.   Common Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms vs. Hypothyroid Symptoms   Thyroid Gland   The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that drapes across the front of your windpipe. It releases thyroid hormone, which controls the growth and metabolism of essentially every part of your body.   Hypothyroidism   Hypothyroidism is a result of the thyroid

Because symptoms are so varied and often develop slowly over time, many individuals who struggle with an imbalance of thyroid hormones never get diagnosed. Conditions like hypothyroidism can fly under the radar for years as these seemingly small issues increase in severity and frequency.    Diagnosis can feel like a major relief, as it finally provides answers and offers a way forward. For those with hypothyroidism, that way is typically hormone replacement therapy (HRT). So how do you treat hypothyroidism with HRT?   Often, 5 simple steps can get you started on the road to recovery.   Step 1: Document Your Symptoms   Before discussing the health problems you’ve been experiencing with your doctor, it’s important to know exactly what you’ve been experiencing, how severe those symptoms are,