Thyroid Hormone

As seen on Oprah, in January 2009 she shared her story about not being diagnosed with a thyroid illness which lead her down a road of taking hypertension drugs all the while it was her thyroid that needed treatment.  She wanted her viewers to know about the serious nature of an undiagnosed thyroid.

Despite best efforts to diagnosis thyroid problems, many lab reference ranges for a “healthy” thyroid are way too broad – so you’re told your test results are normal. Yet you have the very same thyroid symptoms that need to be addressed.  Some people on thyroid medication still have symptoms despite being on the thyroid drugs for years.  You don’t have to settle for living with chronic thyroid symptoms. Take action and come to a doctor who understands what you are going through and can help you Balance Your Hormones…Balance Your Life!

Your thyroid is one of your body’s most important glands. When your thyroid doesn’t work properly, it can cause you to feel nervous or tired; make your muscles weak; cause weight gain or loss; impair your memory; and affect your menstrual flow. A thyroid disorder can also cause miscarriage and infertility.

About 27 million Americans—more of them women than men—are affected by a thyroid disease or disorder, more than half are undiagnosed according to the Thyroid Foundation of America.  In fact, an estimated one in 5 women have a chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime, especially as she ages or if her family has a history of thyroid disease.

Women are five to eight times more likely to have thyroid dysfunction than men, but most don’t know they have it. Women often overlook their symptoms or mistake them for symptoms of other conditions. For example, women are at particularly high risk for developing thyroid disorders following childbirth. Symptoms such as fatigue and depression are common during this period, but these are also symptoms of thyroid disease.

The thyroid gland manufactures and stores thyroid hormone (TH), often referred to as the body’s metabolic hormone. Among other actions, TH stimulates enzymes that combine oxygen and glucose, a process that increases your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and body heat production. The hormone also helps maintain blood pressure, regulates tissue growth and development and is critical for skeletal and nervous system development. It also plays an important role in the development of the reproductive system.

Hypothyroidism (underactive):

When too little TH is released, the body’s metabolic rate decreases, and the body slows down. Hypothyroidism often goes undiagnosed because its symptoms are often mistaken for or attributed to other conditions.

Symptoms include:

• fatigue
• depression
• low body temperature
• constipation
• poor memory
• trouble with concentration