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What's the Difference Between Thyroid Gland and Adam's Apple?

By    |   Monday, 09 May 2016 02:46 PM

The thyroid gland and Adam's apple, though located closely together, are not the same and perform different functions in the body.

According to Healthline, the Adam's apple, or thyroid cartilage, houses the vocal chords and is the largest of nine cartilages in the larynx.

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Though it’s called the thyroid cartilage because it sits above the thyroid gland, the Adam’s apple is not related to the thyroid. The Adam’s apple assists with producing the human voice and is responsible for protecting and supporting the vocal folds.

Both men and women have an Adam’s apple, but it is more pronounced in men, producing a deeper voice. It is considered a secondary sexual characteristic in males.

The thyroid gland, according to MedicineNet, is responsible for making and storing hormones that regulate body functions such as metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Every cell, tissue, and organ in the body is dependent on thyroid hormones.

Located just below the Adam’s apple, the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland wraps around the trachea, or wind pipe, and consists of two lobes.

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While the Adam’s apple is tasked with protecting the vocal folds and producing the human voice, the thyroid gland produces thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) to perform vital functions in the human body. The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary gland which produces thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).

Thyroid disorders such as nodules, goiter, or cancer can cause lumps to form in the throat. These growths are often confused with the Adam’s apple, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and usually require medical supervision.

Men and women both have an Adam’s apple and thyroid gland. The thyroid gland can malfunction and cause thyroid disorders in both men and women, however women are five to eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems, according to the American Thyroid Association.

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