It took a full year for her thyroid levels to normalise and she’ll probably have to the take the meds for the rest of her life. A rather pretty, bow-tie-shaped organ in your neck, your thyroid plays a starring role in the regulation of your metabolism. Some nine years after she was first diagnosed, she still goes for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) tests every six months.
- It sits just in front of your windpipe and produces two main hormones – T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) – essential for the conversion of oxygen and kilojoules into energy.
- Yet, women have been known to fake Jesse’s condition – not because they want to seem more worn and lacking in volition, but to get their hands on her drugs which, they believe, have the power to supercharge their metabolic rate.
- extreme fitness websites host elaborate discussions of the “correct” dose of thyroid hormones for a tighter, leaner physique (needless to say, none of the contributors are doctors).