What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is a small but important gland that lies in the front of the neck, just below the throat. The thyroid produces hormones that impact the function of nearly every part of the body. Known as the “metabolism gland”, thyroid hormone influences the pace of the body’s processes, including digestion, heart rate and body temperature regulation. Thyroid hormones also influence cholesterol levels, mood, and even a woman’s menstrual cycles.
What Are The Symptoms of a Thyroid Imbalance?
Thyroid imbalance can present in two different ways: underactive or overactive. In underactive thyroid imbalance (otherwise known as hypothyroidism), symptoms may include fatigue, cold intolerance (you’re cold when everyone else around you is warm or comfortable), constipation, heart palpitations (often a slow heart rate or skipped heart beats), unexplained weight gain, thinning eyebrows (especially the outside edges), dry skin or hair loss. Hypothyroidism can also cause irregular or absent menstrual cycles, depression and contribute to low sex drive. In overactive thyroid imbalance (otherwise known as hyperthyroidism), the exact opposite symptoms are commonly seen, including difficulty sleeping, anxiety, palpitations (often a fast heart rate or skipped heart beats), diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, sweaty skin and thinning hair. Generally, hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism, and both are more common in women than men.
What Are The Causes of Thyroid Imbalance?
The most common cause of both hypo- and hyperthyroidism is autoimmune disease. In hypothyroidism, the body’s immune system does not recognize your thyroid as “self” and begins to attack it, causing it to function improperly. Autoimmune hypothyroidism is also called Hashimoto’s Disease. In autoimmune hyperthyroidism (also known as Grave’s Disease), the body produces immune chemicals that cause the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormone. Besides autoimmune causes, a whole host of other causes–from nutritional to environmental toxins to stress–can contribute to thyroid imbalance.
How is a Thyroid Problem Diagnosed?
A simple blood test can reveal thyroid imbalances. WellnessScripts’ wide array of testing options can help uncover additional information to explain why the thyroid imbalance is occurring, including nutritional markers, stress hormone levels and the presence of environmental toxins. As with all WellnessScript tests, your thyroid laboratory evaluation can be completed in the comfort of your home.
If I Have A Thyroid Problem, How is it Treated?
Depending on whether your thyroid imbalance is hypoactive or hyperactive, autoimmune or not, we can customize your treatment approach to meet your unique needs. Your WellnessScript clinician can help you decide the approach that makes sense to you, and our pharmacists can provide all forms of thyroid medication, including Amour, NP-Thyroid, West-Throid or Nature-Throid as well as custom (compounded) options. Personalized thyroid support supplements, all packaged in convenient daily packets and delivered to your home along with your medications.
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