The thyroid gland is a key organ in your body. It’s function is vital to your health and the hormones it secretes affect every cell in your body. In the world or hormones, the key is to have adequate levels and maintain balance with each of the hormones, as they are all linked to keep your body running at peak performance. The thyroid hormones are very complex and consists of several components. These components include TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T-3 and T-4. One of the thyroid’s main functions is to control metabolism and convert the food we eat into energy. As a result, the thyroid hormones are very influential on both our physical and mental health.
To get a true picture of how the thyroid is functioning a complete laboratory panel must be completed to examine each component of the thyroid hormones including TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T-3 and T-4. One standard thyroid test (TSH), does not provide the complete picture of how your thyroid is functioning.
The providers at Medical Specialists dig deep to try to get to the root cause of your issues. They interpret your lab results to determine how well your thyroid is functioning. Once any issues are clearly identified they can be treated, most often with medication, supplements and life style changes. There are a variety of options so your provider will work with you to discuss what is best for you.
Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function is the most common abnormality of the thyroid gland. The symptoms you may experience as a result of abnormal thyroid function include:
- Frequently feeling fatigued or even exhausted
- Inexplicable weight gain
- Inability to concentrate
or brain fog
- Hair loss
- Joint stiffness or pain
- Poor memory and forgetfulness
- Brittle nails
- Elevated cholesterol
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Puffy eyes
- Dry skin
- Irritability or mood swings
- Cold hands and feet or cold intolerance
- Menstrual cycle irregularities (For Women)
- Infertility issues (For Women)
Your thyroid produces hormones that work in conjunction with others in your body including progesterone, testosterone, estrogen, insulin, cortisol and many more. Both men and women have these hormones and if they are not at the correct levels they can all contribute to the issues you may be experiencing. The providers at Medical Specialists can evaluate the levels of some the key hormones in your body and assist with getting them into proper balance by prescribing bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are those that are biologically identical to the hormones produced by the human body.
Once your thyroid is functioning at optimal level and your other hormones are balanced you will be amazed by how good you feel. m into proper balance by prescribing bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are those that are biologically identical to the hormones produced by the human body.
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