The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the lower front of your neck. It is one of the largest endocrine glands and is responsible for moderating hormones that control growth and development. People who suffer from thyroid dysfunction can experience anxiety, fatigue, depression, brain fog, dry skin, hair loss, weight gain, and cold hands and feet.
Common Thyroid Diagnosis:
Hypothyroidism is a condition of an abnormally low functioning thyroid. The number one cause of hypothyroidism worldwide is an iodine deficiency but can also be caused by thyroid removal, radiation treatment, and occasionally infection. People who have tested positive for thyroid antibodies have an autoimmune disease of hypothyroidism called Hashimoto’s.
Hypothyroidism effects 8% of the American population and 80-90% of all hypothyroid cases are caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is different from other forms of thyroid disorders because it is caused by an error in the immune system. Therefore, every case of Hashimoto’s should include assessment and management of the immune system along with traditional thyroid care. There is currently no difference in the standard medical treatment of all hypothyroid conditions, therefore many doctors fail to run antibody testing to identify Hashimoto’s. Consider contacting our office for information regarding being tested for Hashimoto’s antibodies and further functional support for the thyroid if you still get hypothyroid symptoms even with thyroid medication.
- Slow Metabolism and Weight Gain
- Constipation or Increased Bowel Movement
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Poor Concentration and Memory
- Thinning Hair and/or excessive hair loss
- Gallbladder Dysfunction
Hyperthyroidism is over activity of the thyroid gland and about 70% of the time is caused by an autoimmune disease called Grave’s Disease. It can also be caused by thyroid nodules that over produce the thyroid hormones.
How can we help? At Functional Health Center, one of the things we see most often is thyroid dysfunction. Beginning with your new patient appointment, we will notate your symptoms and after reviewing blood work that you’ve brought in for us or we’ve ordered, Dr. Jared will put together a plan specific to your condition, your lifestyle, and your budget.