Hypothyroidism

SYMPTOMS

depression, anxiety, constipation, hair, skin and nail changes, menstrual irregularities, cold intolerance, fatigue, and insomnia

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped structure at the base of the front of the neck. It is responsible for regulating metabolism throughout the body. Tri-iodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) – the hormones produced by the thyroid gland – are intimately interconnected with many other hormones. Disruption of your thyroid function can cause imbalances of other hormones; conversely, disruption of other hormones can cause thyroid imbalance. Hypothyroidism – an under-functioning thyroid gland – is a very common condition affecting about 1 in 13 people.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are broad in range an may include depression, anxiety, constipation, hair, skin and a nail changes, menstrual irregularities, cold intolerance, fatigue, and insomnia, to name but a few. Currently, Canadian and American labs report a normal range for TSH (i.e., thyroid stimulating hormone- a blood marker for thyroid function) as 0.35-5.0mIU/L, which is too broad a range according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. With a recommended reference range of 0.35-2.5mIU/L fewer patients will have their symptoms of hypothyroidism, and cases of sub-clinical hypothyroidism overlooked. Treatment of a hypothyroidism is helpful in balancing all hormones as your thyroid plays such an integral role in optimal hormonal health.

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