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Approximately 200 million people worldwide are affected by thyroid disease. If undiagnosed and untreated, it can cause conditions such depression, tremors, muscle weakness, and constant fatigue. An estimated 15 million Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. To help with early detection you can perform a simple neck check self-exam. Click here for a step-by-step guide.
The Thyroid. What is that?
The thyroid is a small gland that is found in the front side of the lower neck, just below the Adam’s apple. It is relatively small, but plays a large role in many of the body’s functions. It influences many organs like the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin via the hormones it secretes.
Can exercise help?
Yes! Exercise often complements treatment plans for thyroid conditions. Just 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardiovascular workouts 5 days a week can reduce the symptoms of hypo and hyperthyroidism. It is recommended that individuals consult with their doctor before beginning exercise because individual conditions may require more or less exercise and intensity.
By: Hannah Tierney, BS, ACSM-CPT, Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer at Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center
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