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Some 20 million Americans are affected by thyroid disorders…that’s 1 in 13 people. And, according to the National Women’s Health Information Center, 1 in 8 women will experience a thyroid disorder during their lifetime. More than half of these people are unaware they have a thyroid problem because it frequently goes undiagnosed…until it gets severe. A causal factor is that most doctors are only vaguely familiar with thyroid disorders.
Since the thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism, it can affect all of the systems of the body such as the gut, liver, gall bladder, hormones, cholesterol, brain (via neurotransmitters), adrenal glands, breasts, ovaries, and heart. In short, the thyroid “runs” our metabolism — it’s literally the “gas pedal” of the body.
There Are Three Major Types of Thyroid Problems (Hypothyroidism) . . .
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormones. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormones is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is logical that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. Millions of Americans have this more common medical condition…and it often goes undetected in the early stages.
Symptoms include: Fatigue, cold hands and/or feet, excessive sleep requirements, weight gain, constipation, depression, morning headaches, thinning hair, skin and scalp dryness, mental sluggishness.
#2: Hyperthyroidism or Grave’s Disease
Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe an overproduction of thyroid hormones. Although this condition is less common, it can precede a slowing down of the thyroid. It’s usually easier to treat though.
Symptoms include: Heart palpitations, inward trembling, an increased pulse rate, insomnia, night sweats, difficulty gaining weight, emotional feelings, nervousness.
#3: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland (this is an auto-immune disorder). Patients suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis will experience symptoms of hypothyroidism AND hyperthyroidism . . . meaning they will experience some or all of the above symptoms.
Most Thyroid Sufferers Are Treated Exactly The Same!
There are many different blood tests that can be analyzed in order to determine exactly how your thyroid is affected. Most doctors just use the same old blood tests and never bother checking beyond those. Depending on individual determination, our blood tests include:
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): the message sent from a gland in the brain (pituitary) to the thyroid
- Free T3: an important hormone produced by the thyroid gland, considered to be the more biologically active hormone of the thyroid
- Free T4: another important hormone produced by the thyroid gland
- Thyroid Antibodies (TGB & TPO): checked in suspected cases of autoimmune thyroid disorders (see below)
- Reverse T3: this is a wayward (or “reverse”) version of T3 and causes problems
- Total T4: this is a reflection of how much total T4 hormone there is in the blood
- Free Thyroxine Index (FTI): this is an estimate of how much thyroxine is in the blood
- Resin T3 Uptake: this test measures the unsaturated binding sites on the thyroid proteins
- Complete Metabolic Profile (CMP): checks electrolytes, blood sugar, and other markers that can indicate any disturbances in physiology
- Lipid Panel: cholesterol, LDL, HDL, etc. because these can be related to endocrine dysfunction
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential: this checks your cells counts—white blood cells, red blood cells, and so forth as well as a specific breakdown of certain white cells that can indicate an often overlooked pattern of endocrine change
- Urinalysis: sometimes we discover substances your body is eliminating in the urine that shouldn’t be there
We also test to see if you have an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body (like the thyroid, for instance), so we test for specific thyroid antibodies to determine if yousuffer from an autoimmune thyroid disease.
We can also check for gluten antibodies, myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies.
Additionally we can test your adrenal glands (small glands on top of the kidneys) via an Adrenal Stress Index (ASI), as many thyroid sufferers also suffer from adrenal problems.
We can treat your thyroid condition naturally and you may not need any medication at all.
Based on your personal blood chemistry, we can quickly determine which products will benefit you the most and get you on the road to recovery. When nutritional supplement recommendations are not based on your current blood work, they are most often inaccurate. Your specific condition must be analyzed via your blood chemistry results in order to make effective nutritional recommendations.
Here’s What to Do Next . . .
Ask yourself the following questions:
- How have your thyroid symptoms affected your job, relationships, finances, family, or other activities?
- What has it cost you in time, money, happiness, sleep?
- Where do you picture yourself in the next one to three years if your thyroid problem is not taken care of?
- What is it worth to you if we could improve your condition?
Now, imagine your life without thyroid symptoms. Think of feeling like yourself again and doing all of the activities and things you used to do.
Call my office at 303.985.5540 and tell my staff that you are interested in setting up a case review and consultation to discuss alternative treatments for your thyroid condition with me, Dr. Steve Tashiro.
Our office is located at 12051 W. Alameda Pkwy., Unit D4 in Lakewood, CO, in the Market Square/King Soopers Shopping Center.