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Thyroid disorder can cause weight gain, lack of energy

Feeling tired, weak or depressed? It could be your thyroid gland. Dr. Richard Oyler from Compass Urgent Care says your thyroid gland can affect your health.

The thyroid gland sits in the front of your neck just below your Adam's apple, and secretes hormones to maintain your energy level. Low thyroid, or hypothroidism, is very common.

Symptoms include weight gain or can't lose weight, no energy, tired all of the time, depressed, chronic constipation, fatigue, poor concentration. Rarely there may even be swelling in the front of the neck. This can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.

Treatment includes a pill a day.

An overactive thyroid is called hyperthyroidism. The patient is thin, with bulging eyes, and suffers from palpitations, full of energy, increased appetite (but can't gain weight). This can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.

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