If you are struggling with weight gain or low energy, you may suspect that your thyroid is to blame. You could very well be right. Thyroid Therapy could be the solutions for you. Unfortunately, regular laboratory tests can be insufficient for making an accurate diagnosis. Labs will show thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, but if your results fall into the “normal range,” you’ll be told your thyroid is fine. Then what?
You may still suspect that your thyroid is the crux of your health problem, but without a medical professional to back you up, getting appropriate treatment will be difficult. There is no need for anyone to suffer with thyroid problems, or to accept someone else’s opinion that you’re just “getting old” or that “it’s all in your head.”
At the Longevity Health Institute, we take your body awareness and intuition seriously. If you think there is something wrong with your thyroid, your suspicions will not be overlooked, mismanaged, underappreciated, or disregarded anymore.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck in front of the trachea and below the voice box. Using iodine from the food you eat, the thyroid produces important hormones that control the speed of your metabolism: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are stored in the thyroid and released as needed.
When you have a thyroid disorder and the production of thyroid hormones is disrupted, metabolism can be slowed down or sped up considerably. If the thyroid produces more hormones than needed, the condition is called hyperthyroidism. Low levels of thyroid hormones create a condition called hypothyroidism, which is far more common than hyperthyroidism.
A thyroid gland that is out of whack can lead to many health problems, usually falling on opposite ends of the spectrum. If even one of the hormones produced in the thyroid is over- or underperforming, many of the body’s other hormones can be off too, leading to symptoms such as:
The thyroid is known as the regulator of the body and mind. It can sometimes misfire, especially in women, and treatment can be difficult to obtain since diagnosis of thyroid problems can be insufficient in traditional medical settings.
The first element in establishing the right thyroid therapy program is determining exactly what’s going on with your body. Thyroid problems can sometimes look like other health issues, such as menopause or insulin irregularity. Thyroid nodules and problems with the pituitary gland can impact thyroid hormone production. And thyroid decline may be in play – the appearance of thyroid problems and a reduction in thyroid hormones will occur with age. The gland typically swells as age increases, and mineral loss and nutrient deficiencies are common.
Being proactive about thyroid health is one way to avoid the negative side effects of hyperthyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Patients who exhibit risk factors for thyroid problems – which include heredity – should undergo thyroid testing regularly. The autoimmune disorders Hashimoto’s disease and Graves’ disease also damage the thyroid. You will undergo a thorough screening and full thyroid lab panel. Not only are your TSH levels studied, but also free T3, free T4, TPO, and thyroid autoimmune (THO) labs.
A patient’s diet, gut health, and overall lifestyle all have a say in thyroid function. Contact us at the Longevity Health Institute in Rochester Hills, MI, to schedule your thyroid therapy consultation. We will listen to you and hear your symptoms and concerns – if you have a thyroid imbalance, we will find it and address it.