Thyroid hormones (thyroxine and T3) are produced by the thyroid gland. They have diverse actions and they act on nearly every cell in the body to regulate the body’s metabolism, energy levels and its sensitivity to other hormones in the body, such as estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. They play an important role in temperature regulation and muscle contraction. Some people experience thyroid dysfunction which can result from the thyroid gland being underactive, known as hypothyroidism, or overactive which is known as hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is common amongst everyone including children, women and men. As all physical activity requires energy, if the thyroid gland is under-functioning, the symptoms of low thyroid can be far-reaching. Symptoms of an under-functioning thyroid include:
Intolerance to cold
Lethargy or fatigue that does not improve with rest
Enlarged thyroid gland (goitre)
Difficulty losing weight
Dry skin, hair & nails
Thinning or loss of eyebrows, especially the outer third
Muscle weakness and joint pain
Sluggish memory and poor concentration
Lowered stress resistance
Deep, hoarse voice
It is very common for many patients who have symptoms of thyroid dysfunction to have normal or borderline results in their thyroid function blood tests. At Fulcrum, we take a look at a patient’s full picture, including the symptoms and test results.
By supplementing with thyroid support nutrients or prescribing low-doses of thyroid hormones, it is possible to improve the condition and therefore the life of someone suffering from thyroid dysfunction. Treatment plans are always tailored to an individual’s needs and progress is monitored closely.
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