Month

April 2014

Thyroid Deficiency

Is your “accelerator” slow?

It is estimated that as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped glad located in the neck and is the master gland of metabolism. To use an analogy, this gland works as the body’s “accelerator”. When your thyroid doesn’t function properly, it can affect every aspect of your health including weight, mood and energy levels.

Here are some of the most common signs that you may have a thyroid condition:

  • Muscle and Joint Pains
  • Neck Discomfort
  • Hair/Skin Changes
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Weight Changes
  • Fatigue

Thyroid hormone exists in two major forms, an inactive form called Thyroxine (T4) and an active form called Triiodothyronine (T3). A drop in T4 and T3 levels can lead to hypothyroidism which is the second leading cause of high cholesterol. When levels drop, the liver no longer functions properly and produces excess cholesterol, fatty acids, and triglycerides, which increase the risk of heart disease.

Call us today to learn how we can work with you and your practitioner regarding testing and customized dosing of thyroid hormones to help get you back to feeling yourself again.