What Are Thyroid Disorders? Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

Over 12% of Americans suffer from thyroid issues at some time in their lives. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chronic fatigue, unexpected weight loss, or weight gain, Juan Carlos Zubieta, MD, MPH, and the North Houston Diabetes Institute staff in Humble, Texas, can help. They offer comprehensive thyroid disorder diagnosis and treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. For exceptional Humble thyroid disorder care, call the office or use the online booking feature to request an appointment online right away.

What Exactly Are Thyroid Disorders?

A thyroid disease is an issue with your thyroid gland, which is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones to regulate your metabolism. Typical thyroid problems include:

  •         Hyperthyroidism: excessive thyroid hormone generation
  •         Hypothyroidism: insufficient thyroid hormone generation
  •         Thyroid nodules: lumps in the thyroid gland
  •         Thyroiditis: inflammation of the thyroid gland
  •         Goiter: thyroid gland overgrowth
  •         Thyroid carcinoma: a type of cancer that affects the thyroid gland

The North Houston Diabetes Institute staff examines you for thyroid disorders and then assists you in effectively managing the thyroid issue to alleviate symptoms and avoid complications.

What Are the Factors that Put You At Risk for Thyroid Problems?

Thyroid disorders can affect everyone, but certain variables increase your likelihood of developing one. These include:

  •         Personal or familial history of thyroid problems
  •         Suffering type 1 diabetes or anemia
  •         Having had radiotherapy or thyroid surgery in the past
  •         Being a woman

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders?

The following are some of the most prevalent thyroid disorder indications and symptoms to be aware of:

  •         Lumps on the thyroid gland
  •         Thyroid gland enlargement
  •         Frequent bowel movements or constipation
  •         Sensitivity to heat or cold
  •         Gaining or losing weight
  •         Joint discomfort
  •         Muscle deterioration
  •         Hair and skin that is pale or dry
  •         Irritability, fatigue, or sadness
  •         Sleep difficulties
  •         Variations in women’s menstrual cycles
  •         Abnormal heart rhythm

Thyroid issues are more frequent in women, impacting one out of every eight women at some point in their life.

How to Diagnose Thyroid Disorders?

Your North Houston Diabetes Institute physician examines your symptoms and inquires about your health history to determine if you have a thyroid issue.

They perform a physical exam and employ blood tests, ultrasound, other imaging tests, or a biopsy to identify thyroid disorders and design a care plan. Thyroid problems and autoimmune illnesses frequently occur together.

What Are the Treatment Options for Thyroid Disorders?

Your thyroid disorder treatment is unique to you and is determined by your specific condition and its seriousness. Your provider might suggest:

  •         Medications
  •         Radioiodine therapy
  •         Supplements for the diet
  •         Lifestyle and diet changes

If you show symptoms of thyroid cancer, your doctor might recommend thyroid surgery.

Do not put up with an unresolved thyroid condition and its consequences when remedies are available at North Houston Diabetes Institute. Dr. Zubeita and his staff employ an individualized approach to patient care, developing a customized care plan that addresses your unique needs and care goals. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or request online to access their care.