December 03, 2018
Thyroid conditions are a real problem and are common among women over 35. Incidences such as low hormone levels can undermine your weight loss goals. That’s why functional medicine services offered at Medical Transformation Center come in handy.
Function and Dysfunction
Your thyroid controls almost everything in the human body, including metabolism, mood, menstrual cycles, digestion, heart function and energy. Hypothyroidism is a lot more common than hyperthyroidism. In hypothyroidism, this gland doesn’t make enough hormones, and you may observe symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, constipation and depression, among others.
As people age, the thyroid gets less efficient and is also affected by other activities going on in the body such as stress, illness, toxins and menopause. Since these symptoms are gradual and progressive, they increase the risk of other severe conditions such as diabetes and heart problems if left untreated. That’s why testing is crucial. Here are some causes of hypothyroid.
1. Insulin and Stress
Cortisol can increase insulin in the body, which is linked to low thyroid hormone. Cortisol in normal quantities is not bad. However, too much or too little of it can interfere with the conversion of T4 to T3.
2. Pregnancy and Postpartum
Within the first year following delivery, some women may experience postpartum thyroiditis. The hormone production rises and drops suddenly. Antibodies produced can also impair function. While it is temporary, it is advisable to have testing done.
3. Toxic Load
Heavy metals, pesticides, pollutants, plastics and other environmental agents can block iodine uptake. Autoimmune diseases arise from this point, and the first target is sometimes this important gland.
4. Hashimoto’s Disease
This is the most common autoimmune condition where antibodies somehow target the thyroid, perceiving it as an invader. The tissues get damaged, and it consequently fails to function correctly.
5. Age and Family History
Hormone production and function decrease with age. For others, genetic factors play a role.
If you’ve had a radiation treatment near the neck region, e.g. for cancer, there’s a likelihood your thyroid was caught up in the crossfire.
Testing and Diagnosis
If you have observed the symptoms listed above, it would be prudent to schedule an appointment at Medical Transformation Center in Louisville. Let us perform some testing and initiate interventions. Contact us today to book a consultation and get started.