The 2 major thyroid hormones are thyroxine or T4 and triiodothyronine or T3. T4 is broken down to T3 - T3 is the most active thyroid hormone in the body. If the thyroid produces an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone, this can cause a condition known as HYPOTHYROIDISM.
- Dry skin
- Low body temperature
- Difficulty losing weight
- Irregular menstruation
- Impaired cognition - memory and concentration
Evaluation of Thyroid function:
It is important that TSH, Free T4 and Free T3, as well as Thyroid Antibodies are asssessed to be able to determine thyroid function. Also, the acceptable range for TSH is now known to be too broad, and has been revised internationally. This change has not been adopted by Australian labs, so that people with hypothyroidism may actually be missed, and judged to have "normal" thyroid function. We may also request that you have the following tested:
- Cortisol (salivary)
- Vitamin D
Low cortisol is common in hypothyroid patients, and is associated with allergies, sleep apnoea, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, fatigue. Low cortisol can affect the way thyroid hormones get into our cells. So it is important to evaluate adrenal function (THE NEW EPIDEMIC - ADRENAL FATIGUE), as cortisol levels and thyroid function are closely related.
Speak with our Naturopaths if you are concerned about your recent test results.
However, regardless of lab testing, the symptoms of an over or under-functioning thyroid are unmistakeable to an experienced practitioner. Naturopathic treatment is very effective in detecting and correcting thyroid dysfunction. Ask us how... 02 9501 0326.