Thyroid hormones (thyroxine and T3) are produced by the thyroid gland. They have diverse actions and they act on nearly every cell in the body to regulate the body’s metabolism, energy levels and its sensitivity to other hormones in the body, such as estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. They play an important role in temperature regulation and muscle contraction. Some people experience thyroid dysfunction which can result from the thyroid gland being underactive, known as hypothyroidism, or overactive which is known as hyperthyroidism.
What Are The Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?c
Hypothyroidism is common amongst everyone including children, women and men. As all physical activity requires energy, if the thyroid gland is under-functioning, the symptoms of low thyroid can be far-reaching. Symptoms of an under-functioning thyroid include:
- Susceptibility to the cold
- Lethargy or fatigue that does not improve with rest
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goitre)
- Difficulty losing weight
- Dry skin, hair & nails
- Hair loss
- Thinning or loss of eyebrows, especially the outer third
- Muscle weakness and joint pain
- Menstrual problems
- Sluggish memory and poor concentration
- Lowered stress resistance
- Recurrent infections
- Deep, hoarse voice
How Is Thyroid Dysfunction Treated?
It is very common for many patients who have symptoms of thyroid dysfunction to have normal or borderline results in their thyroid function blood tests and therefore at the Marion Gluck Clinic, we take a look at a patient’s full picture, including the symptoms and test results.
By supplementing with thyroid support nutrients or prescribing low-doses of thyroid hormones, it is possible to improve the condition and therefore the life of someone suffering from thyroid dysfunction. Treatment plans are always tailored to an individual’s needs and progress is monitored closely.