The thyroid is a vital gland that plays a critical role in regulating various metabolic processes in the body. However, thyroid imbalances are incredibly common, and many women struggle to get diagnosed and treated appropriately.
In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of thyroid hormones and imbalances, why it's difficult to get diagnosed, and how to get the appropriate treatment.
We'll discuss the impact of autoimmune diseases, environmental factors, and stress on thyroid health, and provide tips for finding a hormone expert who specialises in thyroid disorders.
If you suspect you have a thyroid imbalance, keep reading to learn more about this crucial gland and how to get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It plays a critical role in regulating the body's metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels.
The thyroid gland produces two primary hormones: T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine).
T4 is the inactive form of thyroid hormone, while T3 is the active form. When the body needs thyroid hormones, T4 is converted into T3 in various organs such as the liver, kidney, and muscle tissue.
In addition to T4 and T3, there are other thyroid hormones, including free T4, free T3 and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
Each of these hormones plays a critical role in regulating the body's metabolic processes.
There are two types of thyroid imbalances: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones. This leads to a slow metabolism, fatigue, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, and depression.
Hyperthyroidism (which is less common) occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. This leads to a fast metabolism, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, and irritability. Both types of thyroid imbalances are serious and require appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
Despite the prevalence of thyroid imbalances, getting diagnosed can be challenging. The symptoms of thyroid imbalances can be subtle and nonspecific, and many healthcare providers overlook them.
Additionally, many healthcare providers rely solely on TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels to diagnose thyroid imbalances. TSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones.
When TSH levels are high, it usually indicates hypothyroidism, and when they are low, it usually indicates hyperthyroidism. However, TSH levels alone do not provide a complete picture of thyroid function. It's important to evaluate other thyroid hormones, including free T4, free T3 and thyroid antibodies, to get a comprehensive assessment of thyroid function.
Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis are the leading cause of thyroid imbalances. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism. Environmental factors such as exposure to toxins, chemicals, and radiation can also impact thyroid function and yet these are typically not looked at in the conventional paradigm.
If you suspect you have a thyroid imbalance, it's crucial to get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. We understand the complexity of thyroid hormone testing and we take a bioidentical hormone and functional medicine approach to treatment, which gets patients optimal results.
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