The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of our neck, releases hormones that control our metabolism. It is a regulator of energy for our body. The thyroid hormones control energy, weight, muscle strength, fat percent, heart rate, breathing, temperature, cholesterol levels, nervous system, and menstrual cycles.
Thyroid hormones interact with the adrenal glands and with our sex hormones. In return, the adrenal hormones and sex hormones can affect the function of the thyroid gland. All three systems need to be in balance for our energy to be balanced.
Thyroid disorders are extremely common but unfortunately, often go undiagnosed or improperly treated due to inadequate testing, out of date testing parameters, and limited understanding of underlying causes of dysfunction. At BodyRenu we understand the importance of the thyroid in relation to our patients’ health and have developed an comprehensive program to aid in healing the thyroid and attaining optimal health.
To help evaluate symptoms, please review our Thyroid Screening Questionnaire.
Thyroid Screening Questionnaire
Statistics show that about 28 million people in the United States have thyroid dysfunction. That is about 1 in 7 people. That percentage is increasing! About half of those people don’t even know that they have a thyroid condition. About 14 million people have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is a condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the thyroid gland.
80% of the people with thyroid disease are women.
Testing the Thyroid can be controversial and confusing as most physicians usually only test TSH to determine thyroid function. They have been trained that it is not usually necessary to do any further testing causing many people become discouraged. They have a normal TSH but continue to have low thyroid symptoms. Additional testing of T4, T3, and reverse T3 is also necessary to fully assess thyroid function. Additionally, testing of thyroid antibodies, TPO and Anti-TG can indicate autoimmune disease. Completion of a thorough patient history along with individualized lab testing are essential to individualize a treatment plan. Everything must be balanced to treat the thyroid conditions properly.
The most important thing to remember with treatment of thyroid disease is to treat each person as an individual. Thyroid disease can’t be approached as a one size fits all therapy. Screening for adrenal dysfunction and unbalanced sex hormones must be done at the same time as screening and testing for thyroid disease. A complete treatment plan is going to also address diet, nutritional deficiencies, stress reduction and toxicity in addition to thyroid replacement medications.
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