By Shannyn Pearce, D.C. | Millpond Integrative Health and Wellness Center
Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones to meet the body’s needs. About 4.6 percent of the people in the U.S. age 12 and older has hypothyroidism.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped gland found in the front of your neck, on both sides of the esophagus. Because the thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that control the way your body uses energy, an imbalance here affects nearly every system in your body: your temperature regulation, the way your heart beats, even menstrual cycles.
When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough of its hormones, your whole body slows down, making you feel fatigued and ill most of the time.
Women are more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism. It’s also more common in people over the age of 60. Symptoms include:
• Weight gain
• Puffiness around the face
• Inability to tolerate cold
• Joint and muscle pain
• Dry skin
• Dry, thinning hair
• Decreased sweating
• Heavy or irregular periods (women)
• Fertility problems
• Slowed heart rate
Because symptoms can develop slowly, many people don’t put two and two together until they’ve suffered for months or even years!
Checking thyroid function
The “standard” lab test for thyroid function is the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH test. It’s the test that most physicians will order for their patients who present with symptoms of hypothyroidism. Occasionally, levels of T4 and T3 are also measured. But, when it comes to feeling sick and tired all the time, the thyroid is only part of the picture.
Additional potential causes include unidentified issues with your:
– Immune system
– Nervous System
– Endocrine System (Hormone Imbalance)
Taking thyroid health to the next level
At Millpond Integrative Health and Wellness Center, we test for thyroid dysfunction and for all female health issues including hot flashes, weight gain, anxiety and depression. Millpond focuses beyond symptoms; creating a strategy based on your particular needs. At Millpond, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. And because we test fully and listen carefully, many of our patients come away more energized, vibrant, and feeling better than ever.
You may benefit from Millpond protocols if:
• Your lab tests are normal, but you still feel lousy.
• Your thyroid medication doesn’t seem to help.
• Your physician just gives you a prescription as the only form of treatment.
• You want to try a drug-free approach to help.
Our goal is to get your body functioning properly again so that your thyroid can find balance and your hormone levels can reset to normal levels. Find out if Millpond’s holistic approach can help you. Call (859) 219-0617 to schedule a free consultation.
Millpond Integrative Health and Wellness Center
3650 Boston Rd
Lexington, KY 40514