If you feel unusually sluggish, lack energy and motivation,or just feel run down in general, you may be suffering from an underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid is an extremely prevalent disorder, but may often go undetected by standard thyroid tests. Your thyroid gland is vital in obtaining optimal body performance. It stores and produces hormones that ensure your growth and development, as well as regulate your body’s temperature, hydration, and most importantly your metabolism.
Although men have a lower risk for thyroid conditions than women, they are still prevalent and becoming of increasing concern. More than 10 million Americans are currently diagnosed with thyroid disorders, and it is believed that an additional 13 million Americans suffer with undiagnosed thyroid issues.The most common of which is hypothyroidism, which is a decrease in your thyroid's function. This low functionality can also be traced back to other difficulties that you may be experiencing such as low libido and erectile disfunction.
When testing for thyroid disease, we use a series of blood tests, in combination with your symptoms, which will help to identify any irregularities or deficiencies you may be experiencing. The in depth testing and thorough approach performed at Tampa Rejuvenation will show what your levels are and how the thyroid is working within your body. The most prevalent form of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism—a condition where the thyroid gland is underactive, resulting in a multitude of symptoms the most noticeable of which are a slower metabolism and increased fatigue.
While most doctors will test only for your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and free T4, your practitioner at Tampa Rejuvenation will run a thorough blood panel which will identify any thyroid disease that you may be experiencing. Based off of your results, in combination with any symptoms you are experiencing, they will be able to identify and treat any autoimmune disorders that are affecting your thyroid function.
Thyroid conditions manifest in a myriad of ways, while some are more difficult to diagnose, others can be more difficult to treat. By working with medical practitioners at a hormone clinic, such as Tampa Rejuvenation, that specialize in thyroid disorders you will receive a much deeper approach to treating your thyroid, bringing you the treatment and relief essential to a good quality of life.
Patients who are hypothyroid are typically treated with a synthetic T4, such as Synthroid or Levothyroxine. Treatment with only T4, which is the inactive form of the hormone, may work for some whose thyroids can convert the T4 to the T3, or active version of the hormone. However, most patients achieve much better results in attaining reprieve from their symptoms when treated with both T4 and T3.
Treatment with a synthetic hormone containing only T4, such as the aforementioned Synthroid or Levothyroxine, can often bring the minimal thyroid blood panels tests within the correct range, but leave the patients with unresolved symptoms. Our practitioners look at a more thorough test and often times those on synthetic medications still have a hormonal imbalance which is not apparent using the minimal tests. By using a natural thyroid medication containing both the active T3 and T4 patients are able to attain significant relief. Once the thyroid is balanced, using the T3 and T4, the patient's metabolism and energy levels increase making it much easier to lose weight.
There is no known cure for hypothyroidism so most women will need to supplement their hormones for the rest of their lives. Most men will need to supplement their hormones for the rest of their life, because there is no cure for hypothyroidism. When determining whether you want to use hormone replacement therapy to treat your underactive thyroid, consider the effects on your daily life. If your thyroid condition makes your daily life difficult or less successful, then hormone replacement therapy for the condition can bring fast relief.
Call today to schedule your free consultation with Tampa Rejuvenation to learn more about thyroid disease and how it may affecting you. If you decide to proceed, you will undergo a series of tests that can be performed in office. The doctor will then interpret the tests and meet with you to discuss and plan the course of treatment with you.
Learn more about how the importance of your thyroid gland to proper body functioning here.