Thyroid – Endocrinologist
The thyroid houses and makes hormones which control the function of practically every organ in the human body
THYROID – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Premier Family Medical offers advanced endocrinology services to help patients in and around the Utah County area dealing with thyroid problems. Here, our endocrinologist helps patients with these issues and perform state-of-the-art evaluations from locations in Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lehi, Lindon, Mountain Point Medical Center, and Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Q: What does the thyroid do?A: The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front of a person’s neck. The thyroid houses and makes hormones which control the function of practically every organ in the human body. The thyroid hormone manages the regulation the metabolic rate and is connected with changes in energy levels and body weight. Problems with the thyroid can affect an individual’s mood, how he or she digests and uses food, and sexual performance.
Q: What is done during a thyroid evaluation?A: During an assessment of the thyroid, the doctor will check for signs that the organ is not functioning properly. The evaluation typically starts with feeling the patient’s neck. Since the thyroid is located here, the doctor can feel for physical changes including lumps, changes in size, and goiters. The physician also uses a stethoscope to listen to the thyroid for increased blood flow, medically known as bruit. A reflex test is also used because hypersensitive reflexes can be a symptom of hyperthyroidism and the reverse can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. The physician listens to the patient’s heart as a very slow or fast heart can also indicate disease. External signs also checked include:
Loss of hair
Excessive weight gain
Jaundiced or yellow-looking skin
Tremors or shaky hands
Excited or jerky movements
Edemas or swelling
Slowed down movements and speech