Thyroid gland

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.

Think of your thyroid as a car engine that sets the pace at which your body operates. An engine produces the required amount of energy for a car to move at a certain speed. In the same way, your thyroid gland manufactures enough thyroid hormone to prompt your cells to perform a function at a certain rate.

Watch the video and note the answers to the questions.

1. Where is thyroid gland located?
2. What is thyroid composed of?
3. What are thyroid hormones important for?
4. What is the production of thyroid hormones controlled by?
5. What does thyroid need to produce its hormones?
6. What are primary thyroid hormones?
7. What do deficiency and excess of thyroid hormones lead to?

What’s the function of the thyroid?

Watch the video and note the answers to the questions.

1. What are the three main groups of thyroid diseases?
2. What does hyperthyroidism cause?
3. What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
4. What is Grave’s disease?
5. What does hypothyroidism lead to?
6. What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
7. What is Hashimoto’s disease?
8. What are the causes of goiter?
9. How can hyperthyroidism be treated?
10. How can hypothyroidism be treated?
11. How can goiter be treated?

The most common thyroid problems, symptoms and treatment