More than 12% of American's will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. The thyroid conditions are: hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), goiter (enlarged thyroid), and thyroid cancer. These conditions are all treatable and thyroid stimulating hormone or (TSH) a common blood test is covered as preventative care. Thyroid diseases can develop from any age which is why it's important to seek preventative care and testing if you have any symptoms. Common signs are: slow or rapid heart rate, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, difficulty tolerating cold or heat, and irregular menstrual periods. As with any disease the earlier you start treatment the more likely you are to have less complications. Start 2023 off well by developing healthy habits, and paying attention to both your mental and physical health. While January is thyroid awareness month taking charge of your health should be a year-round activity.