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February 21, 2018

The thyroid system plays a critical role in your metabolism. Along with insulin and cortisol, your thyroid hormone is one of the big three hormones that control your metabolism and weight.  At Rising Health we can help you carefully consider things that may interfere with your thyroid function and eliminate them. Let's look at the two most common problems associated with thyroid function -hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

 

 

Hypothyroidism​

 

 

What is Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism, also called under-active thyroid disease, is a common disorder. With hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

Symptoms

 

Are you always tired, no matter how much sleep you get? Do you feel like your brain is in a fog? Are you cold when others aren’t? Do you find that you can’t lose or keep weight off despite dieting? You may be suffering from a thyroid deficiency, or hypothyroidism.

 

• Fatigue

• Weight Gain

• Depression

• Sensitivity to cold

• Muscle or joint aches

• Brain fog

• Non-refreshing sleep

• Brittle hair and nails

• Constipation

• Shortness of breath (often called “air hunger”)

• Thinning hair

• Sensitivity to cold

• PMS

• Significantly calloused heels

• Chronic yeast infections

• Low libido (sex drive)

• Infertility

 

Causes

 

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (or autoimmune hypothyroidism). But this isn’t the sole cause of hypothyroidism— there may be a variety of other reasons . Possible causes include: viral infection, radiation therapy to the neck, radioactive iodine treatment, use of certain medications, thyroid surgery, too little iodine in the diet, and pregnancy. An underlying infectious disease can also be a cause of hypothyroidism. If you suspect you may have Hashimoto's thyroiditis you can learn more about we can help click here.

 

 

Treatment

 

The overwhelming majority of doctors and endocrinologists use Synthroid, which is the inactive thyroid hormone T4, and hope your body converts it to the active thyroid hormone T3. The problem is that the conversion of T4 (the storage hormone) to T3 (the active hormone) can be reduced in anyone with significant stress, depression, history of dieting, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, chronic inflammation, chronic infections, PMS, iron deficiency, and many more conditions. Thus, T3-containing preparations and straight time-released T3 is much more effective for the majority of people. Our treatment options include customized bioidentical thyroid hormone combinations of T4/T3, as well as time-released T3.

 

Our cutting-edge therapies also include the addition of important nutritional supplements that can help regulate thyroid balance, support a healthy metabolism, and improve your weight loss, energy, and mood.

 

Hyperthyroidism

 

What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism, also called overactive thyroid disease, is a common disorder. Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone

 

Symptoms

 

Do you feel like you’re constantly living on a fast-moving thrill ride, where your heart races, your palms are sweaty, and your hands are shaking? Or like you’re driving a race car around the track at a million miles an hour? Are you having crippling panic attacks, complete with heart palpitations, breathlessness, and constant sweating? You may be suffering from hyperthyroidism.

• Nervousness or anxiety

• Rapid heart rate

• Heart palpitations

• Increased sweating

• Increased appetite

• Heat intolerance

• Difficulty concentrating

• Restlessness

• Irregular menstrual periods (or none at all)

• Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea

• Insomnia

• Weight loss

• Hair loss

• Weakness or muscle fatigue

• Vision changes, including protruding eyes

• Panic attacks or anxiety disorder

 

Causes

 

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease, which causes the thyroid gland to make too much thyroid hormone. Other possible causes include: thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, tumors, and iodine overdose. An underlying infectious disease can also be a cause of hyperthyroidism.

 

Treatment

 

The most common treatments for hyperthyroidism aim to reduce the level of thyroid

hormones produced by the thyroid. Typical treatment options include antithyroid medications, beta blockers, radioactive iodine, and surgery.

 

While radioactive iodine treatment and antithyroid medications are the treatments doctors use most often, our cutting-edge therapies also include the addition of important nutritional supplements that can regulate thyroid balance, reduce inflammation, and improve immune system functions, all of which can be helpful in hyperthyroidism and Grave’s disease.

 

L-carnitine has also been shown to play an important role in thyroid disease. Recent clinical studies have shown that increased thyroid activity may create an increased cellular need for carnitine. The studies showed that L-carnitine supplement helped prevent or reverse muscle weakness and other symptoms in hyperthyroid patients. Preliminary findings also suggest that L-carnitine may help protect against the lethal threat of thyroid storm. Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) has also shown to be very effective for autoimmune diseases, including Grave’s disease. Many patients on Low Dose Naltrexone report significant lowering of their anti-thyroid antibodies.

 

The bottom line is that you should never lose hope. Taking a proactive approach and working with a trained practitioner at Rising Health can correct many thyroid issues.

 

 

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