The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped organ located in the upper part of the neck, near the voice box. For such a small organ, weighing just a few ounces, it has a big impact on the overall health and functioning of many systems in the body. Rich in blood vessels, a healthy thyroid is usually brownish-red and is responsible for producing thyroid hormones and regulating vocal cords' health. A poorly performing thyroid, however, can cause severe health issues.
The thyroid gland consists of two larger lobes. These lobes, in turn, are made up of many smaller lobules, each containing tiny capsules that store thyroid hormones. The thyroid secretes these hormones as needed into the bloodstream to regulate energy levels, metabolism, growth, and development, and body temperature. While a properly functioning thyroid is important for everybody, it's especially essential for growing children and teens.
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