Thymus versus Thyroid

March 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I was confused. so, I looked this up- credit to

The Difference Between the Thyroid & Thymus Glands
By Carol Wiley, eHow Contributor

The thyroid and thymus glands are two separate and distinct glands in different locations with different functions.

Thyroid Gland Location
1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck, below the larynx (voice box).
Thyroid Gland Function
2. The thyroid gland secretes hormones that help control your body’s metabolism and calcium balance. Low thyroid function can lead to many problems, including weight gain, hair loss, and fatigue.
Thymus Gland Location
3. The thymus gland is located in your upper chest under the sternum (breastbone).
Thymus Gland Function
4. The thymus gland is part of your immune system. It secretes hormones that enable T-Cells (disease-fighting cells) to function against disease-causing organisms. The thymus is most active in children and becomes less active with age.