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An Overview of Thyroid Function

Despite weighing only 25-30 grams (approximately 1 ounce), the thyroid gland controls many aspects of metabolism, including:
  • Fat and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Body temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Protein production