Problems with the thyroid gland can be the cause of many recurring illnesses and fatigue. It is believed that around ten percent of the British adult population (including both men and women) suffer symptoms caused by an under active thyroid gland, commonly known as hypothyroidism.
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The thyroid hormones essentially control the metabolic rate of all cells throughout the body. Many people understand this to mean that it simply influences our weight. However, this is a vast misunderstanding of its overall role within the body. Metabolism literally means tissue change and includes all the physical and chemical processes by which the living body is maintained, and also those by which the energy is made available for various forms of work. In other words the thyroid influences every system, organ and muscle in the body.