If you’re experiencing weight gain investigate the thyroid function
The thyroid is a small gland that sits at the base of the neck and is regulator of several metabolic processes. When low energy and weight gain begin to heighten, it is critical to evaluate the thyroid function, as well as, the foods one is consuming.
While standard medicine considers Thyroid evaluation by simply looking at the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) Levels, this does not give a complete evaluation of how well the thyroid is functioning.
Here at Tampa Rejuvenation, we look at more than TSH. We know it is important to look at the active T3 Thyroid Hormone, which is what so many cellular processes rely on.
We also consider that if your body is under stress, it may be producing higher Reverse T3 Hormone, which makes it difficult for your body to respond to the active hormones it should be responding to.
Lastly, we know it’s important to look at thyroid antibodies for other possible reasons for thyroid dysfunction. Looking at Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody and Thyroglobulin Antibody levels allows us to assess if there is an autoimmune disorder affecting one’s metabolism.
Lab results that indicate higher Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies could reveal that the thyroid is being attacked by the body, and slowing down its ability to make the necessary hormones for our body to function. This condition is known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
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If left untreated, over time the thyroid tissue can be completely destroyed. According to the American Thyroid Association, it’s estimated that 20 million Americans are affected with thyroid conditions and more than half are not even aware of it.
Some symptoms of a lower functioning thyroid include: difficulty in sleeping, irregular menstrual cycles, issues with weight gain, and fatigue to name a few.