On today’s episode of Rethink my Health, Dr. Agolli and Dr. Burdette will be talking about Thyroid function and will be discussing top nutritional strategies for supporting the thyroid. The team will go over hallmark symptoms of underactive thyroid function. You will learn the difference between clinical and subclinical hypothyroidism and that “in-range” numbers may still present with hypothyroid symptoms. You will learn about thyroid hormones and clinical tests your provider may be using to diagnose thyroid function.
Hypothyroidism is a health condition where the human body has an underactive thyroid, which interferes with the production of crucial hormones. If left untreated over extended periods of time, hypothyroidism can cause health complications including obesity, infertility, heart problems, and joint issues. As a necessary part of the body’s lipid metabolism, a dysfunctional thyroid can also present sexual and reproductive issues if not addressed.
The thyroid gland is responsible for energy and metabolism in the body. It produces and regulates hormones that are important for growth development, mood, and sexual function. Thyroid hormones impact metabolism, cognitive function, mood, emotions, concentration, memory, and attention. Better thyroid function helps our immune system, energy levels, and reproductive function.
Integrative and functional medicine doctors have great success treating Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism with dietary modifications, gut repair, nutrition, and stress reduction. If you’ve been told that you should just live with Hashimoto’s, your doctor may not be aware of these natural treatments that help to retrain the immune system to live in harmony with the thyroid gland.
If you find yourself having trouble pronouncing your diagnosis- then you may have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It means that your immune system is mistakenly attacking your thyroid gland. Its name comes from the Japanese surgeon who first discovered the illness.
For patients with hypothyroidism, there are many treatment alternatives. Knowledge of thyroid hormone structure and physiology helps integrative medical physicians develop natural, targeted treatments to improve thyroid levels without adverse side effects.
The thyroid gland is called the “master regulator” because it is vital for so many metabolic systems in the body. Hypothyroidism or “low thyroid” can be easily remembered as low metabolism.
Weight loss is one hot topic. More than 40% of patients seen have a concern related to their weight. As you will learn in this article, eating habits are only one component of maintaining a healthy weight.
In today’s medical system the idea around diagnosis is to find out what is wrong with a particular organ, name it and give a medication to fix it. Doctors are trained to look for heart disease, bowel dysfunction, or thyroid issues. However, before an organ begins to fail, the cells that it is made of beginning to have problems.