Thyroid Dysfunction

The thyroid is a vital hormonal gland that plays a key role in many functions within your body. Triiodothyronine (T3), Tetraiodothyronine (T4), and Calcitonin are important hormones the thyroid releases into the bloodstream constantly to promote healthy functions of the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and your skin.

The thyroid is helpful with:

  • Producing energy
  • Raising body temperature when it is cold
  • Strengthening your heart
  • Raising your pulse
  • Maturation of the brain
  • Promoting growth
  • Activating the nervous system, leading to heightened awareness and reflexes

However, not all Thyroids function the same. Some Thyroid glands are not up to snuff and underperform. When the gland is producing less hormones, body functions begin to slow. This is known as Hypothyroidism and can be genetic or is able to develop over time.

Hypothyroidism symptoms include:

  • Loss of energy and strength
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Overweight
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or mentally foggy
  • Constipation
  • Sensitive to cold temperatures
  • Slow pulse
  • Waxy or thickening skin
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle or dry hair
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Lower potency
  • Depression

Causes for hypothyroidism can be insufficient iodine in your system, chronic inflammation, or the use of certain medications.

On the other end of the spectrum is Hyperthyroidism and the cause can be due to many reasons. Often it is related to an autoimmune disease and sometimes the pituitary gland is not recognized. Instead of slowing down the functions of the body, functions are increased to an uncomfortable feeling.

Hyperthyroidism symptoms include:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Trembling
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Nervousness or hyperactivity
  • Emotional instability and irritable
  • Insomnia and restlessness
  • Racing heart

It is important to make sure your thyroid gland is working properly. It is not only beneficial in adults but possibly more so in children. An active and healthy thyroid will promote proper maturation of the brain within the child which can lead to emotional stability growing up. Proper growth is also important for children in developing strong and healthy frames.

At our clinic, we have unique ways of treating your thyroid. Our program targets the underlying problem within the body, rather than masking the symptoms. You can get your thyroid back to normal function. Call our office today for your appointment.