What does it do?

Its job is to make thyroid hormones. It releases hormones into the bloodstream. The hormones help with growth, body warmth, and organ function. If the body needs more energy, more thyroid hormones are made.

How does it work?

The pituary gland makes a hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). When the thyroid hormone is low, the pituary gland makes more TSH. TSH tells the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone.

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