The thyroid gland has an enormous effect on your health. All aspects of your metabolism, from the rate at which your heart beats to how quickly you burn calories, are regulated by thyroid hormones. As long as your thyroid releases the proper amounts of these hormones, your system functions normally. But sometimes your thyroid does not produce the proper amount of hormones, upsetting the balance of chemical reactions in your body.
Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid disease, means that your thyroid is not producing enough hormones. Women, particularly those older than 40, are more likely to have an underactive thyroid than men age. By age 60 as many as 17% of North American women may have hypothyroidism. The condition seldom causes symptoms in the early stages, but over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems.
Sometimes your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine – a condition known as hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid disease). This can accelerate your body’s metabolism – sometimes by as much as 60% to 100% – causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability.
The good news is that thyroid function tests have improved considerably in recent years, and early diagnosis is easier. In addition, treatment is usually simple and effective once the proper dosage is established. Our treatment protocol for thyroid conditions includes an initial consultation, and may include levothyroxine/liothyronine capsules, dessicated thyroid capsules, iodine capsules, and SSKI.