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Capital Endocrine & Diabetes

Endocrinology & Diabetes Specialists located in Cedar Park, TX

More than 12% of people in the United States develop a thyroid disorder at some point during their lifetime. At Capital Endocrine & Diabetes in Cedar Park, Texas, endocrinologist Venkatesh Segu, MD, FACE, ECNU, and their expert team can diagnose and treat thyroid problems to minimize unpleasant symptoms and give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone today.

Thyroid Q&A

What is the thyroid?

Your thyroid is a gland in your neck, located above the collarbone. It makes hormones that help regulate your metabolism and numerous other body functions. 

Problems with your thyroid gland can cause unpleasant symptoms and lead to serious medical problems if left untreated. See the Capital Endocrine & Diabetes team at the first sign of a thyroid disorder.

What are the different types of thyroid problems?

You or a loved one may experience these or other thyroid disorders at some point in life:

  • Goiter: Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Hypothyroidism: Your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone
  • Hyperthyroidism: Your body makes too much thyroid hormone
  • Thyroiditis: Thyroid gland swelling
  • Thyroid nodules: Thyroid gland lumps
  • Thyroid cancer: Cancer of the thyroid gland

See your endocrinologist for an evaluation at the first sign of a thyroid disorder to get treated and reduce your risk of complications.

What are the risk factors for thyroid disorders?

Certain risk factors increase the chance you’ll develop a thyroid disorder. Examples include older age, being a woman, a family history of thyroid problems, or having an autoimmune disease.

Other risk factors include radiation treatment, past thyroid surgery, pregnancy, and thyroid-related medical treatments. 

What are the symptoms of thyroid problems?

The symptoms you experience depend on the type of thyroid disorder you have. You might notice:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping problems
  • Feeling too hot or too cold
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Dry skin
  • Hoarseness 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Menstrual irregularities in women
  • Thinning hair
  • Impaired memory
  • Enlarged thyroid gland

To diagnose thyroid problems, your endocrinologist reviews your symptoms and past medical history. They evaluate your thyroid gland, have you undergo a blood test, and may complete a real-time ultrasound. They might recommend a thyroid nodule biopsy to make a final diagnosis.

What are my treatment options?

Your treatment for a thyroid disorder depends on the type and severity of your condition. Your specialist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or dietary changes. They might suggest you take thyroid medicines, undergo radioiodine treatment, or undergo thyroid surgery.

Your endocrinologist personalizes each treatment to give you the best outcome.

Don’t live with symptoms associated with a thyroid disorder when simple treatments are at hand at Capital Endocrine & Diabetes. Schedule an appointment by phone today.