Proper Thyroid Function
Proper thyroid function is critical for you to feel your best. Having the wrong amount of thyroid hormone in your system can make you miserable. Every cell in your body has a receptor for thyroid hormone and needs it to function. When you don’t have enough your metabolism can slow down, you can get cold, depressed, constipated, have brain fog, fatigue and gain weight.
With too much, symptoms can include anxiety, weight loss, and muscle weakness. Although these symptoms might not occur in everyone with sub-optimal thyroid levels, when the thyroid is not functioning properly other hormones in your system such as stress hormones and sex hormones are also affected. So you may have difficulty processing stress, your sexual function can be impacted and you may have a harder time focusing.
How We Can Help YOU!
There is no question that optimizing thyroid levels is a key to maintaining good health. There are numerous way Dr. Gruber helps his patients make sure their thyroid levels are optimal.
First, in his initial panel he checks a full set of thyroid lab tests to include not only TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) but also T3 and T4 as well as TPO levels to check for Hashimoto’s. Then, he looks for optimal levels and not normal ranges because you will always feel better when your levels are optimized. In addition, diet and lifestyle play a huge role in any thyroid treatment plan. At J. Gruber Health Solutions, patients with current or newly diagnosed thyroid dysfunction are able to find a physician who has expertise in helping them conquer it.Contact us today for help »
What is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck that produces hormones. Though relatively small, it plays a huge role in our body influencing important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidney, and skin. Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, is a condition in which the thyroid fails to produce enough of certain important hormones. Without the right amount, cells can’t produce properly and the body is not able to functional at optimal levels.
What Causes Hypothyroidism
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder. Over time, the immune system will actually attack and destroy the thyroid so that it no longer can produce enough hormones to power cells. Lack of proper nutrients to the thyroid hormones or body, sex or stress hormone imbalances, and physical and emotional stressors may also disrupt thyroid levels.
What are some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
- Weight gain
- Muscle weakness or stiffness
- Dry or cold skin
- Heavy or irregular menstrual periods
- Elevated blood cholesterol level
- Slowed heart rate
- Low sex drive
- Joint pain
- Cold extremities
What are the risks of untreated hypothyroidism?
If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to myxedema, a condition that causes tissues to swell, increases fluid around the lungs and heart, and slows down muscle reflexes. A myxedema coma may cause you to lose consciousness, experience trouble breathing, and can potentially lead to heart failure. Hypothyroidism can also cause mental health issues like depression and slowed mental functioning.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Hypothyroidism is usually treated with thyroid hormone medicine. Most symptoms of hypothyroidism start to improve a short time after you begin treatment. All symptoms related to hypothyroidism usually disappear within a few months.Contact us today for help »