oa Professional Nursing Today - Women's health - is my thyroid OK? : family feature

Volume 13, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



The thyroid is a large butterfly-shaped endocrine gland situated in the neck. The metabolism of every cell is dependant upon thyroid hormones secreted by the thyroid gland. If thyroid levels should increase, for example, the activity in the cells is also increased. More energy is used up, fat and protein stores are mobilised and even though the appetite can increase, weight decrease may occur.

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