What Is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that regulates many different metabolic processes throughout the body. The thyroid is just below the Adam’s apple and wraps around the trachea. Thyroid disorders affect the structure and function of the gland and can create thyroid symptoms. These disorders can be acute or chronic.
What Are the Kinds of Thyroid Disorders?
There are several kinds of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune thyroid conditions, goiter, and thyroid nodules. The root cause of thyroid dysfunction can vary from person to person because a working thyroid is highly dependent on a delicate feedback loop. The primary cause of thyroid disorder is a disruption to TSH, T3, and T4, although there are many hormones that affect its function.
TSH regulates the production of T3 and T4. The majority of thyroid hormone produced is T4, which is mostly converted to T3 in the liver to carry out necessary functions throughout the body. When levels of T3 and T4 are high in the bloodstream, TSH production and release is suppressed. Low levels of T3 may be the result of poor T4 production or issues converting T4 to T3 due to outside influences (like poor nutrition, stress, and toxins). If just one of these three hormones fails in production or release, the other two may be affected.
The ideal function of the thyroid influences the production and release of other important hormones. For example, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) can be affected when thyroid function is impaired. Low levels of SHGB can affect testosterone in men. Similarly, in women, changes in levels and metabolism of estrogen affect multiple hormones of the thyroid cascade.
The practitioners of Uthologyuse comprehensive lab testing to assess all of the thyroid hormones, plus sex hormones and cortisol. This gives your practitioner an accurate picture of what is going on inside the body. The lab results will help to develop the best treatment plan for your unique needs.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment option for thyroid issues because unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are designed to be structurally identical to the hormones made by the human body. This exact replication ensures that the replacement hormones ideally fit on cell receptors so that function is optimized. Optimal function means that your symptoms will disappear and the systems of your body function as nature intended.
Thyroid Care in Waukesha, WI
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