Thyriod Essay

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English 100, Section 009 29, November 2010 Audience: students and the professor of a Health Information Technology class using the textbook The Language of Medicine. Thyroid Disease Thyroid disease was first documented in the 1980s (Mckenna 3). The medical community has discovered several things about the endocrine gland, but the cause of this disease is still not completely known. Holcomb indicates the thyroid gland is responsible for producing and delivering hormones known as Thyroxine also called T4, and Triiodothyronine also called T3 throughout the body to keep it regulated. The above thyroid hormones are broken down into three main categories, the effects on metabolic rate; growth; and specific body mechanisms (2). The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that is located on the trachea, which is known as the windpipe (“Sluggish”). Now that the basic information of the thyroid gland has been discussed lets continue into the main two types of thyroid disease. These diseases affect 27 million Americans, and many are undiagnosed at this time (Smoot) due to lack of education. There is Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, addressing the two main types of thyroid disease relies on understanding its causes, symptoms, and treatments. Smoot maintains that Hyperthyroidism is caused by excessive amounts of thyroid hormone being produced in the body. Studies are still being done to find the exact cause of the increase of hormones. There are many theories depending on which doctor is asked. Some doctors and scientists believe it is due to antibodies that attack the thyroid gland making it produce more hormones. Others say it has a lot to do with genetic DNA, also excessive iodine intake. Hyperthyroid condition is also referred to as Graves Disease. Hyperthyroidism has many symptoms. Holcomb states these symptoms are weight loss, sensitivity to heat, irritability,

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