Thyroid Disorders Specialist

Progressive Medical Center

Integrative Functional Medicine & Health and Wellness Center located in Dunwoody, Atlanta, GA

Your thyroid gland produces hormones that are vital for good health and a properly functioning metabolism. If you have symptoms of a thyroid disorder, Benjamin Johnston Sr., MD, and the team at Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, can help. They perform comprehensive testing to determine what's causing your symptoms and offer effective natural treatments to restore healthy hormone levels. To benefit from the expert evaluation and treatment of thyroid disorders, call Progressive Medical Center or book an appointment online today.

Thyroid Disorders Q & A

What are thyroid disorders?

Thyroid disorders affect the thyroid gland in your throat, which is known as the master regulator because of its essential role in multiple metabolic systems in your body. Poor thyroid function increases your risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, depression, and diabetes, as well as having an impact on your everyday well-being.

The thyroid produces hormones, chemicals that relay messages to different parts of your body. Men and women require good thyroid function to optimize sexual and reproductive health, and hormones also play an important part in lipid (fat) metabolism.

Around one in 5 women and one in 10 men have some kind of thyroid disorder. However, many aren't aware they have a problem, attributing their symptoms to the effects of aging and changes like menopause and andropause.

What are the kinds of thyroid disorders?

There are two main sorts of thyroid disease:

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is where your thyroid is making too much hormone. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Nervousness or anxiousness
  • Mood swings
  • Sweating and shaking
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Feeling hot all the time
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Problems sleeping
  • Increase in bowel movements

The autoimmune disorder Graves' disease commonly causes hyperthyroidism when your immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Other causes include a swollen thyroid or nodules (small growths) on the gland.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is the opposite condition, caused by low levels of thyroid hormone. It can cause symptoms such as:

  • Chronic tiredness and fatigue
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty thinking clearly (brain fog)
  • Brittle nails and dry skin
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Weight gain and problems losing weight

One of the most likely causes of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder that affects your thyroid gland.

How are thyroid disorders treated?

The Progressive Medical Center team has had considerable success in identifying and treating thyroid disorders early on.

The functional medicine physicians determine how well your thyroid gland is functioning. They also offer a comprehensive program of treatment that doesn't just stop your thyroid from deteriorating any further but also reverses the damage and helps heal your thyroid naturally. 

This approach to treating thyroid disorders means the Progressive Medical Center team can replace traditional prescriptions like levothyroxine with natural treatments that often work better because they treat the problem holistically.

First, your provider carries out a complete thyroid panel that looks at the different types of hormones, including thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Then they design a personalized combination of correct nutrition and natural supplements that corrects your thyroid imbalance.

Find out if you have a thyroid disorder and get expert treatment by calling Progressive Medical Center or booking an appointment online today.