Many patients enter our doors stating classic comments that are our clues to what is happening in their bodies.
“I cannot lose weight regardless of what I do!” “My hair is falling out in the shower” “My skin feels rough and dry”, all of which could indicate a lack of thyroid hormone. This hormone is a vitally important hormonal gland that plays an essential role in metabolism, growth and maturation of the human body. It helps to regulate many body functions. The thyroid gland constantly releases a certain amount of hormones into the blood. More hormones are produced when the body needs more energy in certain situations like growth, coldness or during pregnancy.
Often the next statement is “My doctor did check my thyroid and said it was normal, so why do I still have these symptoms?”
A simple blood test will establish whether the thyroid gland is working to the optimum level. Anti aging doctors strive to help patients be at their optimum. Not to be regulated by a generic, one fits all, lab level.
The levels that are routinely looked at are only the TSH and T4. Anti-aging doctors look at a couple of other levels as well. These other simple tests give the complete picture to commence a patient on the road to an individualized form of thyroid medication consisting of T3 and T4 rather that a synthetic T4 version only.
Why does this even matter? First, it matters as you deserve to feel well and full of life. However, increased weight gain due to a sluggish metabolism, can lead to obesity raising the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. So, prevention is always the best approach.
A simple home test to help you check for Hypothyroidism:
The Barnes Basal Temperature Test can help you determine if you are low in thyroid hormone.
Shake down an oral thermometer and place it next to your bed before going to sleep.
As soon as you awake, place the thermometer under your armpit and leave it there for 10 minutes before getting up.
Record the temperature. If it is below normal rising temperature (97.8 to 98.2 F) for two consecutive days, you are very likely to be hypothyroid. (Menstruating women should wait until after the first day of their period before taking this test.)
If you are low according to the Barnes test, have your doctor conduct a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test.
We advise that you do not treat yourself. Too much thyroid hormone can be just detrimental as too little. Hormones are serious medicine and their replacement should be done under the supervision of an anti aging physician.
Come and visit us and let us help you feel revived.
Article written by Caroline Snelwar RN, MHA.