I feel like thyroid problems get a lot of attention – many of us recognize the problems of low thyroid function, including fatigue, constipation, depression, weight gain, and dry skin and hair. Being that thyroid hormones are metabolic hormones, many of us women secretly hope for a thyroid problem, because it would explain these sneaking pounds we’ve accumulated; and subsequently we hope that thyroid treatment might help shed them away without too much extra effort on our part (oh wait, maybe that was just me.) We often don’t think about the adrenal-thyroid connection. [Read more…]
Welcome to week six of my 10-week series – 10 barriers to recovery from Lyme disease. Following up from last weeks discussion on the adrenals, today we’re talking about thyroid health.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits across the neck. It produces the T4 hormone, which circulates around the body and is converted to T3, the active form of the thyroid hormone. The pituitary gland, which snuggles up under the brain, sends TSH to the thyroid to tell it to produce hormones, which then works on a reverse feedback loop. The lower the thyroid hormone levels are in the blood, the more TSH will be produced by the pituitary, because it’s desperately trying to give instruction to the thyroid gland to up it’s production. Hence when you see a high TSH level on labs, it actually reflects low thyroid function, and vice versa.
Happy Medical Monday everyone! Let’s talk about thyroid for a bit, since it’s an issue that is coming up for more and more people. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive and producing too much hormone – this is less common but can be quite severe, often resulting in the thyroid being radiated to slow it down. Hypothyroidism, which is way more common, occurs when the thyroid is sluggish and not functioning efficiently. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an auto-immune condition which typically involves a shorter phase of hyperthyroidism, followed by a longer term hypothyroidism. To really see what’s going on with the thyroid, lab testing is needed. However, it is typical for doctors to simply run a TSH level and make judgments based on that. This, in my opinion, is insufficient and simply doesn’t give enough information. So today I’m going to give you a list of thyroid tests to ask for when you’re interacting with your doctor.
It seems like more and more people are experiencing hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function. Symptoms of this include fatigue/ lethargy, weight gain, dry brittle hair and nails, constipation, depression and sluggish metabolism. There are some dietary choices one can make to help the thyroid, but sometimes that’s just not enough, and thyroid supplements and medications are needed. [Read more…]
The thyroid gland is responsible for many cellular functions, but one of its main jobs is regulating metabolism. Many people have low thyroid function, which manifests as fatigue, feeling cold, difficulty losing weight, thinning hair, dry skin and hair, depression, and poor sleep quality.
Do these things sound familiar to you?
Welcome back to Fertile Fridays! Today I’m going to talk about the link between thyroid and fertility. While they might not seem closely related, if your thyroid isn’t functioning optimally, it could be a definite hinderance to you getting pregnant and staying pregnant. [Read more…]