Your thyroid gland regulates the production of thyroid hormones, which in turn regulate your metabolism. Thyroid imbalance can arise from the thyroid gland being underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism).
Abnormal thyroid function is very common. There are many causes and types of thyroid problems and you will be carefully assessed to ascertain your particular condition. Some thyroid conditions can be treated nutritionally whilst others require hormone intervention.
Often thyroid conditions are closely related to other hormone conditions. Your doctor may assess your overall hormone levels to identify any other imbalances that may exist.
The function of the thyroid gland is to produce the hormones that drive your metabolic rate. These thyroid hormones act by boosting your body’s metabolic activity. All physical activities require energy so if your thyroid gland is under-functioning, the symptoms of low thyroid function can be far reaching.
Common signs & symptoms that your thyroid may be under active include:
- Susceptibility to the cold
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goitre)
- Difficulty losing weight
- Dry skin, hair & nails
- Coarse hair or hair loss
- Thinning of the eyebrows
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle weakness & joint pain
- Menstrual problems
- Sluggish memory & concentration
- Lowered stress resistance
- Recurrent infections
- Hoarse voice
Thyroid problems are complex. Even a slightly under-active thyroid can dramatically affect your health. You will not feel physically well until the problem is fixed. If you suspect you have a sluggish or under active thyroid it is recommended that you firstly consider testing your thyroid hormone levels.
The diagnosis of hypothyroidism or reverse T3 dominance by laboratory testing is carried out by measuring TSH, total T4, T3, and occasionally reverse T3 in the bloodstream. In addition, it is also important to check thyroid antibodies to rule out autoimmune conditions that can affect the thyroid.
Our doctors understand what a huge impact out of balance thyroid hormones have on your body, both physically and emotionally. They will work with you to look at the nutrition and supplements you need to get your thyroid gland working effectively, and consider a range of medications to suit your needs.