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Thyroid function is a very important part of having a healthy, balanced body. Underactive thyroid issues are far more common than a lot of people realize, but they are also underdiagnosed in many cases. Therapy for this condition is fairly simple and quite effective, but you first have to be aware that there is a problem with the thyroid specifically.
The thyroid gland has the very important job of regulating metabolism. That is its primary function, and if it cannot do that, the body will retain more weight, be fatigued, and see a decrease in overall energy levels and wellbeing.
There are several symptoms that could point to an issue with your thyroid gland and its hormone production. Although independently, they could point to a number of issues, a combination of these symptoms could indicate trouble with your thyroid gland:
Knowing what to look for, and especially when you see more than one of these symptoms at a time, can help you get to the right diagnosis and treatment faster and get your hormones back on track.
There are a few different issues that could lead to thyroid issues like this. A basic dysfunction could occur where the gland is just not being stimulated enough, which may require simulating it by taking a combination of T3 and T4 until the body recovers. In time, some people may be able to wean off hormone therapy and let the thyroid do its job again.
There are also a number of specific medical conditions and situations that can result in thyroid issues, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This autoimmune process involves the body attacking its own thyroid gland and will require lifelong supplementation in order to be effectively treated.
Sometimes, the body just can’t convert T4 to T3 for whatever reason, or the body’s receptors might just be resistant to making enough hormones for the body’s needs. This can result in a need for high doses of T3, rather than T4, to get production ramped up and give the body the hormones that it cannot make on its own. Some issues that cause these problems may be resolved within a few years, while others could become lifelong thyroid therapy issues.
There are two major hormones that are responsible for regulating the thyroid gland and its function. T3, also known as triiodothyronine, is the active form of the hormone naturally produced by the thyroid. This is the one that does all the work and has the biggest impact on the body’s systems.
T4, or thyroxin, is a storage hormone. This is used as a means to produce T3 that the body actually puts to use. A number of the synthetic thyroid medications on the market today only contain T4, which is not helpful for those whose bodies simply can’t convert the T4 to the T3 that they actually need. Therefore, it may be better to take a combination approach. We’ll discuss that more later. First, let’s talk more about issues with current testing methods and other diagnosis problems.
Current thyroid tests are ineffective at best, and many aren’t even designed to look for the right indicators that there may be a problem. Typically, tests will look for TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone, to see if the production of T3 and T4 are adequate. The problem here is that this testing doesn’t identify those struggling with basic thyroid function issues.
There is also no testing system in place that takes into account the individual nature of thyroid function and hormone production, and that lab values may not be an effective measure of what’s actually going on inside the thyroid. In fact, over the years, doctors have realized dozens of missed opportunities for diagnosis with each new testing method and there is still plenty of room for growth.
In studies where people were thought to have thyroid issues, they were subjected to lab tests, and even though they had all the typical symptoms of a thyroid hormone issue, they did not actually have any issues with their thyroid levels in the testing. Even those who had every symptom may have come up negative in traditional testing, leaving many to wonder if it is the diagnosis or the test that needs work.
Most patients who have an underactive thyroid will get overlooked simply because current testing methods aren’t effective. This is not good for those who need hormone therapy or another type of support for their thyroid.
While some doctors will only prescribe one hormone or another to treat thyroid issues, most people do better on a combination of T3 and T4, as mentioned above. These medications work by stimulating the production of the thyroid’s hormones and ensuring that it is operating at optimal capacity. The appropriate dose of T3 and T4 as a supplement to your thyroid can go a long way in improving your health, metabolism, and other symptoms related to hypothyroidism.
Synthetic medications may not be as effective at providing ongoing support or stimulating the body’s own production of necessary thyroid hormones. A lot of times these are used merely as a replacement, which can be effective, but if you can find natural substances and therapies that will help stimulate proper thyroid function and thyroid hormone production, you will see much better results in your own treatment.
Hormone imbalances are a unique issue. To discuss your individual issues with thyroid hormone deficiencies, contact us today. We can provide you with a full consultation and help you understand thyroid hormone therapy and what it can do for you. You will work directly with licensed medical professionals to ensure that you get the best solution for your health needs, no matter what type of thyroid issues you are having.
Contact us now (888-994-0875) to learn more about thyroid hormone therapy and what it can do for you. We’re standing by and ready to help you get the health solutions that you need when your hormones are out of balance.