Hypothyroidism in Women Dallas
Hypothyroidism for Women- The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that has a big job. It plays a major role in your metabolism and energy levels. When thyroid hormone levels decline you become hypothyroid. This can occur for any number of reasons and is surprisingly common, especially in women. As with all of our hormones, when levels decline one may suffer from a large number of symptoms which are subtle, seemingly unrelated, sometimes vague and frequently misdiagnosed.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
Several signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism occur that can confuse physicians and patients alike in their origin. They include:
- Dry Skin
- Weight gain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Hair loss
- Puffy face
- Intolerance to cold
- Muscle aches and weakness
How do you test for hypothyroidism?
Thyroid testing is relatively straight forward yet is commonly improperly performed by many health care practitioners. The methods of testing and ranges of ‘normal’ taught decades ago are still embraced by several physicians and insurance companies despite the revolution in thyroid research and knowledge that has occurred. What that means for many patients is that they are told that their thyroid function is normal. They remain undiagnosed and continue to suffer needlessly.
Thyroid hormone replacement therapy can improve deficient thyroid levels quite effectively. Thyroid replacement consists of replacing both T4 and T3, not just T4 (which is the inactive form of thyroid hormone used by most physicians). Several other hormone imbalances can adversely affect your thyroid as well as a surprisingly high incidence of auto-immune thyroid disorders. It is critical that all of these factors are identified and managed for thyroid treatment to be successful.
Relief from the symptoms of hypothyroidism requires expert evaluation and an intimate understanding of current treatment methods. The physicians at the Dallas Healthy Aging Institute have years of experience effectively treating hypothyroidism – correctly. Proper nutrition, stress management, exercise and optimization of all hormones is the secret sauce of success found at Integrative Medicine Dallas.