The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in your throat. It regulates your metabolism, growth, and body temperature.
When you have hypothyroidism, your thyroid isn’t producing thyroid hormones at a fast enough rate. As a result your metabolism slows down and you experience a number of related symptoms, including:
When hypothyroidism goes untreated, these symptoms become more severe. You can develop a goiter and your thought process slows. Heart disease, infertility, and peripheral neuropathy often coexist with hypothyroidism.
Autoimmune disease, age, genetics, and dietary factors can contribute to hypothyroidism. Women are at particular risk. Other factors that make it possible your symptoms are thyroid related include:
Dr. Scanlan may suspect hypothyroidism after reviewing your medical history and current symptoms. She also runs blood tests that check the amounts of various thyroid hormones in your body. Ultimately, her intention is to resolve your symptoms and make you feel better. The blood tests inform her diagnosis, but don’t dictate it.
Dr. Scanlan discusses nutritional interventions that can help you manage thyroid issues. Sometimes, when you have a food intolerance or sensitivity, it can trigger your immune system to attack your thyroid and compromise its function.
In addition, Dr. Scanlan offers hormone replacement, including thyroid hormone, to help bring your levels into balance, so you function optimally. She also considers your sex hormones and how they impact your thyroid hormone balance. Sometimes, estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement is also necessary.
The exact treatment plan is individualized for each patient with thyroid imbalance. Dr. Scanlan adjusts therapies according to how your body reacts to each intervention.
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