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January 2020
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body's most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body's overall well-being.

Unfortunately, thyroid disease is a fact of life for as many as 30 million Americans - and many of those people remain undiagnosed. The most common type of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism (when the gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone). 

Although anyone can develop hypothyroidism, individuals are at an increased risk if they: 
  • Are a woman
  • Are older than 60
  • Have a family history of thyroid disease
  • Have an autoimmune disease, such as type 1 diabetes or celiac disease
  • Have been treated with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications
  • Received radiation to the neck or upper chest
  • Have had thyroid surgery (partial or total thyroidectomy)
  • Have been pregnant or delivered a baby within the past six months
More information about hypothyroidism including common symptoms as well as information about other types of thyroid disease is available from the  American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
We have found you lots of healthy winter recipes to give you tasty eats with some good-for-you ingredients: