- By Jen O'Hara
#MayoClinicRadio Podcast: 1/21/17
Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 1/21/17
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. The thyroid makes hormones to help control the rate of many activities in your body, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. But, sometimes, problems develop with the thyroid gland, and it doesn’t secrete the right level of hormones. January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month. On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, endocrinologist Dr. John C. Morris III discusses diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease and thyroid cancer. Also on the program, ophthalmologist Dr. Arthur Sit explains the importance of regular eye exams to prevent glaucoma. And high-risk pregnancy certified nurse practitioner Deb Miller shares steps women can take to help prevent birth defects.