Thyroid Hormone Replacement for Everyone

Hypothyroidism

Facts about hypothyroidism:

  • It is the most common hormone deficiency in adult Americans
  • About five percent of adults have some degree of thyroid insufficiency
  • Hypothyroidism remains under-diagnosed and under-treated by mainstream physicians 
  • There are constantly changing guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of low thyroid states
  • Physicians often misinterpret laboratory tests for thyroid disorders ("Your thyroid is normal") 
  • Hypothyroidism is one of the easiest hormone deficiencies to identify and treat

The top ten signs and symptoms of low thyroid are:

  • fatigue
  • cold intolerance
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • myalgia
  • menstrual irregularities
  • slow movement and slow speech
  • skin changes
  • hair changes and hair loss
  • cognitive impairment

Thyroid insufficiency can span a range from a mild deficiency that is only evident when the body is stressed to a near complete lack of thyroid hormone which results in all of the above (and more). Thyroid hormone is a "major" hormones ("major" meaning necessary for life). The "big three" major hormones, cortisol, thyroid, and insulin, play central roles in the regulation of metabolism and growth. Without them, we cannot survive for long.

Fortunately, we have good simple tests to assess thyroid gland function. Unfortunately, most physicians order only one (TSH) and often under-interpret TSH levels. Using the appropriate tests and assessing symptoms in relation to lab results can help most patients achieve the proper balance of this vitally important hormone.