Thyroid disorders are common conditions, but they often go undiagnosed. Residents in and around Scottsdale, Arizona, can rely on experienced nurse practitioner Melissa Prince, C-ANP, MSN, for personalized telehealth visits that help screen for a variety of health issues, including Hashimoto's Disease. Call the office of Melissa Prince CANP, Endocrinology, or book a telehealth visit online today.
Your thyroid is a small gland located in the front of your throat. A relatively small part of your body, your thyroid performs essential functions that can impact many of your body’s systems and functions.
The thyroid produces several hormones that play a central role in regulating your metabolism, which is how food converts into energy. Various problems occur when your body produces too much or not enough thyroid hormones.
Anyone can develop a form of thyroid disorder, but your risk level rises if you’re older than 60, have other health problems, or have a family history of thyroid issues. People with Type 2 diabetes have an elevated risk for thyroid disorders so periodic screenings are essential.
A physical exam, blood testing, and imaging tests are all diagnostic tools that help detect the signs of thyroid disorders. As with many chronic health issues, routine preventive health visits offer the chance to spot thyroid disease early and begin treatment before serious symptoms arise.
Hashimoto’s disease is a thyroid disorder that develops when an autoimmune condition affects your thyroid gland. Essentially, your immune system mistakenly launches an attack on your healthy thyroid cells, preventing your thyroid from producing normal levels of hormones.
Hashimoto’s disease usually results in hypothyroidism, which is a disorder characterized by insufficient thyroid hormone. The thyroid disorder is also sometimes called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic autoimmune thyroiditis.
Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to schedule a diagnostic exam for Hashimoto’s disease. Some of the indications that you might be producing low levels of thyroid hormone include:
If you experience any of these changes, schedule a diagnostic workup to determine if a thyroid condition might be the cause.
To schedule a thyroid disorder consultation, call the office of Melissa Prince CANP, Endocrinology, or book a telehealth visit online in just a few moments.