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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

What is your thyroid and how does it affect your body?
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that uses iodine to produce hormones, primarily thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland, which produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This controls the secretion of hormones that affect every cell and tissue in the body.

The thyroid influences growth and development, metabolism and critical body functions. These thyroid hormones help regulate heart rate, how the body uses energy and keeps all other organs working normally.

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