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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
SouthCoast Health surgeon Dr. Christa Jillard sat down with WTOC Mid-Morning Live to discuss thyroid health, conditions, and treatment options. As an endocrine surgery specialist at Southcoast Health, Dr. Jillard explained the role the thyroid gland serves to the human body. A more-detailed explanation is available in her “Learn Everything about Your Thyroid Gland” SouthCoast Health blog.
Dr. Jillard discussed with the hosts how the thyroid is something most people don’t know about until they have to, like when they are suffering from Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism. While hyperthyroidism is accelerates your body's metabolism, causing unintentional weight loss and a rapid or irregular heartbeat, hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone, causing a slower metabolism with fatigue and weight gain. Dr. Jillard stated that women are more likely to have issues with their thyroids than men.
“The thyroid is an intricate organ that affects the entire body, but, mostly, it affects your metabolism,” Dr. Jillard explained. “An unhealthy thyroid can also be a sign of thyroid cancer, which is much different than other cancers. However, after surgical removal, the outcome levels for survival are usually over 98%.”
Watch Dr. Jillard’s appearance below to learn more about the importance of thyroid health.
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