Thyroid

© 2016 Dr. Sharon Norling

Are you tired, depressed, cold, irritable, and experiencing poor memory? Maybe you are having difficulty losing weight even though you have tried everything. Do you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, muscle cramps or difficulty swallowing? If so, you need to have your thyroid checked. These signs can be due to low thyroid.

The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins and works with the sex hormones, adrenal glands, and neurotransmitters (blood chemistry that affects our moods, mental function and physical well-being).

Perhaps you have had your thyroid lab done and your doctor said it was “normal”. You look good on paper but you know you are not well. You have even noticed hair loss. Your doctor says, “It’s probably stress.” It could be. However, since almost everyone today is feeling stressed, we would be a bald headed nation.

When you gradually get out of bed in the morning the first thing you see in the mirror are the puffy eyes and eyelid swelling. Not a welcome sight. You may also see the outermost portion of your eyebrows thinning or missing. Your hair looks dry and brittle.

The problem is according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, more than 57 million Americans suffer from a thyroid problem but 50% go undiagnosed!

The good news is once you have the right tests done and see a doctor knowledgeable in thyroid function, you can live an energetic, happy, healthy life without the above symptoms.

The right thyroid tests are the place to start.

Suggested Thyroid labs:

Free T 3 Triiodothyronine
Free T 4 Thyroxine
TSH Thyroid-stimulating hormone
Reverse T 3
Thyroid peroxidase antibodies
Thyroglobulin antibodies
Iodine

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