Issue # 266 December 25, 2014
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Have you ever wondered what causes thyroid nodules? I have. Here’s the info.
What Causes Thyroid Nodules?
So What Causes Thyroid Nodules?
In simple terms, thyroid nodules are an overgrowth of the ordinary thyroid tissue. This means that you should beware of what causes this overgrowth. It is not very clear what causes thyroid nodules, but there are a number of factors that influence this unpleasant growth. These are the basic conditions that are known to cause this growth:
- Iodine deficiency. Thyroid gland actually requires iodine to function properly. Lack of iodine in your diet can cause the growth in your thyroid glands. The deficiency is actually very rare because iodine is readily available in table salt which is accessible to almost everyone.
- Thyroid adenoma. This is the overgrowth of the thyroid tissue which result into the development of the thyroid nodules. It is usually not a serious infection and rarely does it turn out to be cancerous.
- Thyroid cyst. This is fluid-filled cysts that develop in the thyroid, it forms as a result of disintegrating thyroid adenomas. These degenerating cysts are what in the end cause thyroid nodules.
- Protracted thyroid inflammation. It is commonly caused by Hashimoto’s disease. This is a disorder which cause inflammation of the thyroid and in the end result into an overgrowth of the thyroid tissue. It’s commonly linked to reduced thyroid activity which is medically referred to as hypothyroidism.
- Multinodular goiter. An enlargement of the thyroid gland can be referred to as goiter. It is commonly caused by thyroid disorder or iodine deficiency. A multi nodular goiter means that there are numerous thyroid enlargements which appear to be numerous distinctive nodules.
- Thyroid cancer. This is also one of the major causes of thyroid nodules especially if there is a family history of endocrine cancer. It can be brought about by exposure to radiation exposure, age, and hereditary diseases.
Knowing what causes thyroid nodules will help you preventing you from future infections. Some of these causes are easy to avoid so that you don’t find yourself in the position you never imagined yourself in.
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