What Is Myxedema?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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Hormones are chemicals that help ensure that various parts of our body are working as they should be. They help to ensure that we are digesting our food, they help to control our moods, and so many other things that help determine who we are. There are numerous types of hormones and each is made in a certain part of the body.

The thyroid gland is responsible for the production of various hormones and there are a number of diseases connected with the thyroid gland. One of these diseases is myxedema and it is a condition that has the potential to be dangerous.

1. Thyroid Glands

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that is located in our neck. It helps to produce and release a number of hormones that have a profound effect on how our bodies run. It is largely responsible for hormones that help to affect the metabolism of our bodies.

As with other parts of the body, the thyroid gland can become faulty in one way or another. This will likely affect the release of certain hormones, and this can affect the patient’s well being considerably. If the thyroid gland is producing too few hormones, it is a condition known as hypothyroidism.


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