Healthy Moments Episode

The Power of Your Thyroid Gland

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Aug 3, 2009 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about the role of your thyroid gland in keeping you healthy and introduces two thyroid conditions.


Did you know that a 2-inch-long, butterfly-shaped gland produces hormones that affect nearly every organ in your body?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Your thyroid gland affects

• Brain development

• Heart and nervous system functions

• Menstrual cycles

• Weight

• And cholesterol levels

But if your thyroid produces too much or too little hormone, it can cause either hyperthyroidism––where your body functions speed up, or hypothyroidism—where your body functions slow down.

The American Thyroid Association recommends that adults, particularly women, get a blood test to detect thyroid problems every 5 years starting at age 35.

And for more information, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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