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One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder sometime in their life. Thyroid disease is now an epidemic with more men and women affected each year. Most of these people though do not realize they have a thyroid problem and hence, do not know where to start looking for answers.
People quickly turn to diet plans and medication to clear their mental fog, boost their energy, and lose weight. However, these treatments do not work unless people are educated about the underlying cause of their thyroid issue and how to fix what is really going on.
What is the Thyroid Gland?
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat. This gland plays a critical role in the endocrine system. It is responsible for our metabolism, how much energy we burn and at what rate, along with the natural balance of chemical reactions in the body.
The thyroid can either be underactive (a.k.a., hypothyroidism) or overactive (a.k.a., hyperthyroidism). The problem can stem from many reasons including:
- How much thyroid stimulating hormone is produced from the brain to inform the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone
- How much thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland
- How much thyroid hormone is available in the active form
- How effectively is the active thyroid hormone taken up by the body’s cells
- How many antibodies are present in the blood to attack and destroy the thyroid gland
- How much thyroid hormone is converted into an inactive, non-usable form
- Thyroid surgery or radiation which destroys thyroid tissue
Symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid gland include any of the following:
- weight gain,
- hot/cold sensitivities,
- dry skin,
- puffy face,
- muscle weakness,
- joint pain,
- mood swings.
Symptoms associated with an overactive thyroid gland include any of the following:
- sudden weight loss,
- rapid or irregular heartbeat,
- hair loss,
- skin thinning,
- increased appetite,
- change in menstrual pattern
- change in bowel patterns.
Thyroid disorders can be difficult to diagnosis especially since their symptoms are non-specific and can be caused by many other disorders. If left untreated, the signs and symptoms of thyroid disease can slowly get worse. It is extremely important to seek proper treatment to avoid further damage.
Call our office today. We can help you determine the underlying cause of your thyroid disorder and define a personalized treatment plan to stabilize and possibly reverse the disorder.