HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical wants you to get to know your thyroid better.

The little gland with a big impact on your body

It is estimated that nearly 27 million people have known thyroid conditions and that as many as 13 million people remain undiagnosed. That’s why HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical wants you to get to know your thyroid better.

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid affects growth and development, metabolism, menstrual cycles, muscle strength, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and even an individual’s mood by producing, storing, and circulating hormones throughout the body.

When the thyroid doesn’t function properly, an individual’s health can be adversely affected.

Here are some things you should know about your thyroid:

What, exactly, is a thyroid?

The thyroid gland is a tiny, symmetrical, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck and weighs in at less than an ounce. It takes iodine from the diet and makes thyroid hormone.


Who is at risk for hormone problems?

Thyroid disease is most common among older people and women. However, Thyroid Cancer occurs most often occurs in those older than 60, with a history of radiation treatment or other exposure to radiation, with a family history of thyroid and other glandular cancers.


What thyroid problems are most common?

Common thyroid problems include hypothyroidism, hypothyroidism, and nodules.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. In this case, Thyroxine (or T4) hormones drop.

Hypothyroidism can be caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks thyroid tissue), surgical removal or chemical destruction of the thyroid gland, excessive exposure to iodine, or can be an implication of taking the drug lithium.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much hormone.  Also known as “overactive thyroid,” this condition speeds the metabolism, causing varied symptoms including increased sweating and irregular heartbeat. Some patients may also develop a type of hyperthyroidism known as apathetic thyrotoxicosis, which mimics hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism can occur as Graves’ Disease, toxic adenomas (nodules that upset the body’s chemical balance) and goiters, as well as Subacute Thyroiditis (or thyroid inflammation leading to the excretion of extra hormones). Rarely, a pituitary gland malfunction or cancer can also cause hyperthyroidism.

Thyroid Nodules occur when solid or fluid-filled lumps form in the thyroid gland.  About one in ten of these nodules may become cancerous.


What are the symptoms of thyroid disease and how is it diagnosed?

Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are diagnosed through a physical exam by your doctor and through blood tests. Your provider may run tests if you feel lethargic, suffer from dry skin, or are experiencing constipation and weight gain, nervousness, moodiness, or an irregular heartbeat among other symptoms.


Partnering with your medical provider to manage your thyroid

If know you are at risk for thyroid problems due to family history or otherwise suspect you may have thyroid issues, contact your healthcare provider immediately to schedule a thyroid screening.

If you are diagnosed with thyroid problems, your provider will likely offer treatment based on your age, health, and overall medical condition.  He or she may also prescribe mediation and schedule further blood tests to make certain your body is responding appropriately to any medications given.

If you’re experiencing signs of thyroid malfunction or you’re seeking thyroid care in Newport, Tennessee, HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical welcomes you to make an appointment to discuss options with one of our osteopathic physicians.


How will COVID-19 affect my visit with HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical?

COVID-19 is a concern for us all at HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical.  Our patients can be certain that a sterile, clean environment is always a priority in our office.  We disinfect surfaces regularly and require all patients to wear a mask.  Visitors will be asked a series of questions about their recent health and travel before their appointments and we will take their temperatures when they arrive.


We’re here for you.

A medical home is important. HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical offers both well visits and preventative care, along with urgent care, and care for chronic diseases as you need them.  It is our goal to be here for your family when you need us. Our Osteopathic Doctors in Newport, TN take exceptional care of patients and seek to create long-lasting relationships that benefit those patients over a lifetime.


HealthStar Physicians Family Practice is now HealthStar Premier Medical!

We’re still Newport’s compassionate, experienced Osteopathic healthcare providers. We offer a wide range of care, including DOT physicals, vaccines, and weight loss management, among other options.


How do I schedule an appointment?

We’re accepting new patients, and we accept most forms of health insurance. Contact us for more information or to schedule your next appointment. Make sure to tell us you’d like to speak with a provider about potential signs and symptoms of thyroid problems, ongoing thyroid care, or any other issues you may have.