Be the Thyroid Detective In Your Health
What are the symptoms of hypothyroid? What are the symptoms of hyperthyroid?
Feeling tired, depressed, cold, constipated and gaining weight may be more than “just getting older. You may have hypothyroidism. In contrast, if you have sudden weight loss, rapid heartbeat, excess sweating, or nervousness you may have hyperthyroidism. There is nothing worse than not feeling well but being told you are fine. Up to 60% of people with thyroid disease don’t know it.
What does the thyroid do?
The thyroid regulates your metabolism by taking the food that you eat to convert into energy. The hypothalamus releases thyroid releasing hormone (TRH). This prompts the hypothalamus to release thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The thyroid then releases inactive T4 which requires selenium to produce the more active T3.1,2 The thyroid requires iodine and L-tyrosine to synthesize T3 and T4.3
If the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormones hypothyroidism results; whereas excess hormone production leads to hyperthyroidism.
What causes hypothyroidism? What cause hyperthyroidism?
90% of hypothyroidism in North America is caused by autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.4,5 Factors that may contribute to underactive thyroid include hormones (menopause, pregnancy, high estrogen or deficiency of progesterone), poor nutrition, lack of exercise, chronic stress or adrenal fatigue, insomnia, high insulin levels, digestive imbalance (dysbiosis, leaky bowel, SIBO), low iron, surgical treatment of hyperthyroidism, food sensitivities, poor liver health, and environmental toxins (halogens, heavy metals, or endocrine disruptors). Hypothyroidism is more common in women than men.
Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by Grave’s disease also an autoimmune condition.6
Additional influencers to the development of hyperthyroidism are excessive intake of thyroid hormones, multinodular goitre, abnormal secretion of TSH, thyroiditis, excessive iodine intake.
What if My Doctor Says My Labs Are Ok?
Subclinical hypothyroidism which presents with normal T4 and T3 and elevated TSH is often a missed diagnosis, leaving individuals to suffer for years. This is due in large part to the broad range of normal range TSH on blood work (0.35-4.5 μIUmL).7-11 Revivelife suggests an optimal level of TSH between 1.0 and 2.0 μIUmL, as certain studies identify a TSH above 2.0 may be associated with heart disease and health risk.12,13
Our practitioners use advanced diagnostic testing a complete thyroid panel and hormones testing which is often not found at your traditional medical doctor’s office to determine what factors may be underlying your thyroid concerns.
The Revivelife Approach
What are natural treatments for hypothyroidism? For hyperthyroidism?
The Revivelife approach may include the following therapies: fitness, nutrition (foods rich in iodine, selenium, zinc and vitamin A, supplements and or IV therapy), food sensitivities, hormone balancing both naturally, with desiccated thyroid or thyroid hormone replacement, targeted supplements, acupuncture and or stress management. Targeted therapy for hypothyroid may include guggulsterones (active component in guggul extract from the mukul myrrh tree) that supports thyroid function by increasing iodine update, T3 resin uptake, protein bound iodine, and free T4 levels in thyroid tissue. 14 Begin your customized assessment and treatment plan today.
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- Dyess EM, Segerson TP, Liposits Z, et al. Triiodothyronine exerts direct cell-specific regulation of thyrotropin-releasing hormone gene expression in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus. Endocrinology. 1988 Nov;123(5):2291-7.
- Angermayr L, Clar C. Iodine supplementation for preventing iodine deficiency disorders in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(2):CD003819.
- Lorini R, Gastaldi R, Traggiai C, Perucchin PP. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Pediatr Endocrinol Rev. 2003 Dec;1 Suppl 2:205-11; discussion 211.
- The NationalWomen’s Health Information Center. http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/thyroid-disease.cfm. Accessed March 17, 2011.
- Walling HW. Clinical differentiation of primary from secondary hyperhidrosis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Feb 17.
- Garduño-Garcia Jde J, Alvirde-Garcia U, López-Carrasco G, et al. TSH and free thyroxine concentrations are associated with differing metabolic markers in euthyroid subjects. Eur J Endocrinol. 2010 Aug;163(2):273-8.
- Fatourechi V. Subclinical hypothyroidism: an update for primary care physicians. Mayo Clin Proc. 2009;84(1):65-71.
- Guan H, Shan Z, Teng X, et al. Influence of iodine on the reference interval of TSH and the optimal interval of TSH: results of a follow-up study in areas with different iodine intakes. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2008 Jul;69(1):136-41..
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Subclinical thyroid disease. http://www.aace.com/pub/positionstatements/subclinical.php. Accessed March 17, 2011.
- Benvenga S, Ruggeri RM, Russo A, Lapa D, Campenni A, Trimarchi F. Usefulness of L-carnitine, a naturally occurring peripheral antagonist of thyroid hormone action, in iatrogenic hyperthyroidism: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2001 Aug;86(8):3579-94.
- Tunbridge WM, Evered DC, Hall R, et al. The spectrum of thyroid disease in a community: the Whickham survey. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 1977 Dec;7(6):481-93.
- Singh AK, Prasad GC, Tripathi SN. In vitro studies on thyrogenic effect of commiphora mukul (guggulu). Ancient science of life. Jul 1982;2(1):23-28.
Thyroid Conditions Treated:
|· Grave’s Disease
· Hashimoto’s Disease
· Thyroid Cancer
· Post-Partum Thyroiditis
· Sub-Clinical Hypothyroidism
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