What is the thyroid?
The thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck, is responsible for making thyroid hormones that circulate throughout the body and are important to some of the key functions of your body. Thyroid hormones are important in regulating your metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.
Why is the thyroid important?
The thyroid is important to overall body function and can control much of how you feel. Since the hormones secreted from the thyroid can affect several key areas of the body, any changes can make you feel tired, sluggish, and cold if you do not produce enough or shaky, nervous, and warm if you produce too much.