St. Mary's Medical Center

Spring 2015

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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1 6 S P I R I T O F W O M E N S P R I N G 2 015 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m P R E V E N T I V E C A R E By Erik Cassano YOUR THYROID T he butterfly-shaped thyroid is only about 5 centimeters long, but this small gland in the middle of your throat has a big impact on how energetic you feel and how easy it is for you to maintain a healthy weight. Important for hormone regulation and metabolism management, your thyroid can also affect the levels of hormones produced by other glands. Luckily, it's easy to monitor the health of your thyroid through regular check-ups with your physician. UNDERACTIVE VS. OVERACTIVE THYROID Overactive and underactive thyroid account for the vast majority of thyroid problems, say medical professionals. "Most common is underactive thyroid, which affects predominantly females over 40, but which can occur in women or girls 12 and up," O U T H R O I D is working right– Y O U R T H How to fnd out if g g and what to do about it if it's not Thyroid function naturally declines with age, so it's something to keep track of. " " ~ Dr. Victoria Ryvkin, Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights, Ill.

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