Thyroid Management

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland makes two thyroid hormones — triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) — which affect several different areas, such as metabolism, weight, brain development, breathing, body temperature, muscle strength, and menstrual cycles. When the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to meet the body’s needs, the condition is called hypothyroidism.

It is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. The estimates vary, but approximately 10 million Americans have this common medical condition. In fact, as many as 10% of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. Hypothyroidism is more common than you would believe, and millions of people are currently hypothyroid and don’t know it.

CAUSES OF HYPOTHYROIDISM

There are two fairly common causes of hypothyroidism. The first is a result of previous (or currently ongoing) inflammation of the thyroid gland, which leaves a large percentage of the cells of the thyroid damaged (or dead) and incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called autoimmune thyroiditis (also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the patient’s own immune system attacking and destroying the thyroid gland. This condition is more common in older women and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in children.

The second major cause is the broad category of “medical treatments.” The treatment of many thyroid conditions warrants surgical removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland. If the total mass of thyroid producing cells left within the body are not enough to meet the needs of the body, the patient will develop hypothyroidism.

Another cause of hypothyroidism are changes brought on by menopause. Years leading up to it, known as perimenopause, can cause the body to temporarily shift its balance and slows production of reproductive hormones. In many cases, progesterone is the first to decline, which temporarily leaves estrogen as the dominant hormone.

Some researchers feel that an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone (often called “estrogen dominance”) is a key factor in decreased thyroid function. The combination of normal estrogen levels and decreased progesterone may block the action of the thyroid hormone and lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism, even when thyroid hormone levels appear normal on lab results.

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM MAY INCLUDE:

  1. severe fatigue, loss of energy
  2. weight gain, difficulty losing weight
  3. depression and depressed mood
  4. joint and muscle pain, headaches
  5. dry skin, brittle nails
  6. brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss
  7. irregular periods, PMS symptoms
  8. breast milk formation
  9. calcium metabolism difficulties
  10. difficulty tolerating cold and lower body temperature
  11. constipation
  12. sleeping more than average
  13. diminished sex drive
  14. puffiness in face and extremities
  15. hoarseness
  16. bruising/clotting problems
  17. elevated levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and heightened risk of heart disease
  18. allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
  19. persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts
  20. tingling sensation in wrists and hands that mimics carpal tunnel syndrome
  21. memory loss, fuzzy thinking, difficulty following conversation or train of thought
  22. slowness or slurring of speech

Subclinical hypothyroidism may present itself with mild versions of these hypothyroid symptoms, or often just fatigue or depression. Hypothyroidism often occurs along with insulin resistance, and these two conditions share some similar symptoms.

At Body Focus we don’t rely solely on a blood test that is a snapshot of what is going on in your body. We listen to your symptoms and combine that with your blood test results to fully diagnose your condition.

If it is determined that you need thyroid replacement therapy, we will give you a natural therapy that will work with both your T3 and your T4 receptors. We have found that synthetic supplementation only affects your T4 receptors and that does not allow your thyroid to work at its optimal level.