National Thyroid Month observed

PIKEVILLE - January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, as many as 30 million Americans may be affected by thyroid disorders, with half remaining undiagnosed.

The thyroid is a small gland located at the bottom of the neck, directly below the Adam’s apple.  Its function is to take iodine from a person’s diet and create thyroid hormone.  Thyroid hormone affects physical energy, temperature, body weight and mood.

Keeping the thyroid gland healthy is very important since it influences the function of many organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.

Thyroid disorders occur more commonly in the elderly and females and are usually caused by abnormal function and/or growth in the gland.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are different symptoms of abnormal thyroid function, depending on if there is too little or too much thyroid hormone. Below are some symptoms.

Not enough thyroid hormone:

Depression/feeling blue

Trouble concentrating


Dry skin and hair

Weight gain

Feeling cold all the time

Too much thyroid hormone:


Weight loss

Tremor (shaking)

Fast, irregular pulse


Feeling hot all the time

Some factors may increase the chance of having a thyroid disorder. They include family medical history, certain prescription medications and any previous radiation therapy to the head/neck.

Pikeville Medical Endocrinology Physician Practice and the offices of Dr. Chih Chang and Dr. Reem Kheetan are located in the Adam’s Plaza at 140 Adams Lane, Suite 600 & 700, Pikeville.

The office of Dr. Arlette Soros and PMC’s Pediatric Endocrinology Physician Practice is also located in Adams Plaza in Suite 300.

For more information about endocrinology services, contact 606-218-4793 or for pediatric endocrinology call 606-218-6225.