● Graves’ Disease ● Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis ● Hyperthyroidism ●
● Hypothyroidism ● Thyroid Cancer ●
An important part of our endocrine and hormonal system, your thyroid gland produces hormones that play a role in almost every metabolically active cell in your body. The thyroid also plays an important role along with the pituitary (part of the brain that produces hormones) and the adrenal glands (another site or hormone production) to balance stress, energy and metabolism.
In women, the thyroid is also closely connected with ovarian function. These organs work together in delicate balance, and when one is taxed (i.e. the adrenal glands in chronic stress), another part of your body usually overcompensates.
If not supported, the whole system can reach a point of exhaustion and most commonly result in an underactive thyroid. Click here for more information on thyroid cancer care.
The thyroid can become overactive, as in conditions like Graves’ disease, or underactive. An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, includes Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is much more common than hyperthyroidism. Signs and symptoms of an hypothyroidism may include:
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Fatigue and low energy
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry hair, skin and nails
- Feeling as though you are moving slower
- Hoarseness of the voice
- High cholesterol and blood pressure
It’s possible to measure your thyroid hormones through laboratory testing to gain a full understanding of why your gland may be over or underactive. Even if past testing came back ‘normal’, a more in depth investigation may reveal things aren’t quite right for you.
To help optimize your thyroid function and the way you feel, treatment goals include:
- Symptomatic management and treatment
- Giving your thyroid the building blocks and co-factors it needs
- Supporting the nervous system and adrenal glands
- Balancing the immune system
- Improving function
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, or if you feel your conditions may be related to it, there ware solutions to help you feel better.