Do you suffer from a thyroid disorder or thyroid disease? If you do, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from thyroid disorders. The good news is, treatments are available to help regulate thyroid dysfunction so you can still enjoy a high quality of life. At Balanced Well Being Healthcare, we work with you to restore your health and help you achieve your wellness goals.
Understanding the Role of Your Thyroid
Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck that manufactures thyroid hormone and distributes it via your blood throughout your body. The thyroid hormone controls your body’s metabolism and influences how quickly you burn calories and your heart rate.
What is Thyroid Disease?
Diseases of the thyroid result in too much or too little of the thyroid hormone. When your thyroid hormones are unbalanced you can experience a range of symptoms. Restlessness, fatigue, weight fluctuations are just some of the more common symptoms.
Thyroid Disorders By the Numbers
Getting an idea of the range and scope of thyroid disorders and thyroid disease can help you understand why Balanced Well Being Healthcare is passionate about both treating and educating the public about thyroid disorders. The following statistics are provided by the National Institute of Health:
- An estimated 27 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease
- Approximately 13 million Americans are unknowingly suffering from a thyroid disorder.
- 25 percent of American women will develop thyroid disorders.
Aging and Thyroid Disorders
As we age, it is important to pay attention to the health of the thyroid gland. Research from the National Institute of Health shows that thyroid disorders increase with age. The incidence of hypothyroidism is greater among older populations according to the American Thyroid Association and can be easily missed because of how closely symptoms can mirror those of other conditions and problems in the body.
Diagnosing Thyroid Disease
Balanced Well Being Healthcare provides a full thyroid evaluation and comprehensive hormone analysis to evaluate your metabolic panel, the proteins in your body, and your vitamins/minerals to judge the health of your thyroid.
Testing also assesses the nutrients your body lacks or has too much of. Improper nutrition can be a catalyst to symptoms and problems like neuropathy and weight imbalances.
Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism
Irregular production of the thyroid hormones are at the root of most thyroid issues. Too much thyroid hormone causes a condition called hyperthyroidism. Too little hormone production causes hypothyroidism.
Treatment for Hypothyroidism
Ignoring thyroid disorders can cause more serious complications and problems. Once a thyroid disorder has been identified, it is mandatory to balance the thyroid and address the health of the adrenal glands to get your body operating correctly.
Treating a thyroid deﬁciency follows a thorough evaluation so we can help maximize the gland’s own production. Depending on your unique profile, a variety of mineral and vitamin supports will be introduced to restore balance.
During your evaluation, we will discuss with you all your options for oral replacement hormones if replacement is necessary. Common oral replacement choices include desiccated thyroid hormone such as Armour or synthetic hormones including Levothyroxine and Synthroid.
What you eat can influence the health of your adrenal and thyroid glands. A diet that focuses on anti-inﬂammatory foods is encouraged. During your treatment with us, we will help you identify potential toxins in your current diet and help you eliminate foods that can aggravate your symptoms. A food allergy screening may also be needed to ensure you are fueling your body appropriately and safely.
Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
Treatment for hyperthyroidism commonly requires the use of antithyroid medication. Drugs such as Methimazole Tapazole or Propylthiouracil (PTU) may be prescribed to limit the production of the thyroid hormone. PTU also inhibits the conversion of T4 to T3.
Occasionally, drugs like beta blockers, are needed to control certain symptoms such as rapid heart rate. Steroids can be used when needed to address inflammation.
You can anticipate using antithyroid drugs for at least 6 months to a year. If the gland does into remission, you will be guided off your medications.
However, if the gland continues to produce too much thyroid hormone, treatment with radioactive iodine, to permanently destroy the gland is needed. Once the gland is destroyed, replacement of thyroid hormone will be prescribed for life as in hypothyroidism.
Occasionally, surgical treatment is necessary to treat thyroid disease. The removal of the thyroid gland may be necessary if antithyroid medications cannot be tolerated or given safely. At times, surgical treatment is also necessary if the thyroid gland becomes so enlarged that it inhibits your ability to swallow or breathe.
Call for a Thyroid Health Evaluation
At Balanced Well Being Healthcare we work with you to get to the bottom of anything negatively impacting your total body wellness. Thyroid disease can seriously disrupt your quality of life and must be taken seriously. Let us help you decide on a thyroid treatment that will work best with your goals and specific needs. Contact us our Fort Collins office today at 970-631-8286 to learn more.