Around 20 million Americans have a thyroid disorder, which can cause a variety of disruptive symptoms such as thinning hair, fatigue, and unintended weight changes. At FoundationMED in Raleigh, North Carolina, the team of functional medicine physicians offers comprehensive diagnosis and customized treatments for both hyperactive and hypoactive thyroid problems. Call FoundationMED or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about diagnosing and treating thyroid issues.
Your thyroid is a small gland located at the front of your neck. It produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which regulate your metabolism, heart rate, and digestive function. It also helps with muscle control, bone maintenance, brain development, and mood regulation.
Thyroid disorders are sometimes caused by autoimmune diseases such as Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease. However, your thyroid disorder may also be due to nutrient deficiencies or other issues affecting the endocrine system as it’s the pituitary gland that regulates your thyroid.
Thyroid disorders cause hyperactivity or hypoactivity, which means that your thyroid either produces too many or too few hormones. Your symptoms depend on whether you have a hyperactive or hypoactive thyroid.
Hyperactive thyroid symptoms include:
Conversely, hypoactive thyroid symptoms include:
If you’re living with any of these symptoms, make an appointment at FoundationMED. The physicians are committed to identifying the underlying cause of your symptoms and providing treatment that heals your body and restores optimal functionality.
The physicians at FoundationMED work to diagnose the underlying cause of your thyroid dysfunction. Depending on your condition, they may recommend therapies, including dietary changes, and iodine, selenium, and vitamin D supplements.
They may also run tests to identify foods that trigger autoimmune responses and help you change your diet to avoid them. Your digestive system contributes to T3 and T4 production, and any inflammation or absorption problems can interfere with your thyroid health.
It’s also critical to manage your stress levels if you have a thyroid disorder. Your stress levels can interfere with thyroid function and trigger autoimmune diseases such as Graves’ disease.
In some cases, your physician may prescribe thyroid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If your thyroid doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of the necessary hormones, thyroid hormone replacement therapy is the only option to restore your health and body function.
If you’re concerned about your thyroid health, call FoundationMED or make an appointment online today.