Thyroid disorders affect more than 20 million Americans, yet up to 60% are unaware that they have the condition. It is important to monitor your health as an under-active thyroid doesn’t just make you gain weight and feel tired, it also affects your heart and raises your cholesterol levels. Contact Dr. Shaw for a consultation and learn how he can diagnose thyroid disease and restore your body back to health.
How will you feel when your thyroid is out of balance?
Signs of an underactive thyroid include:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
- Dry or thinning hair
- Weight gain
If you have these symptoms and have visited a doctor, only to be told that nothing is wrong with your thyroid, you’re not alone. More than half of all Americans with a thyroid disorder aren’t properly diagnosed because most doctors rely solely on the outcomes of lab tests and faulty standards for interpreting the results. Dr. Shaw understands your frustration and can help: she looks at the bigger picture and focuses on your symptoms, instead of just focusing on what the lab tests say.
What is hypothyroidism?
A hypothyroid is an underactive thyroid, which means that your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. This impacts every part of your body because these hormones regulate your metabolism and influence your:
- Heart rate
- Muscle strength
- Cholesterol levels
You may also experience joint pain, muscle aches, hoarseness, and problems with your memory. At first, you may not have any symptoms, but they will gradually worsen and affect your daily life.
What is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your autoimmune system produces antibodies that attack your thyroid gland. As a result, the thyroid gland becomes inflamed and scarred and the gland can’t produce enough thyroid hormones to keep you healthy.
How is an underactive thyroid gland treated?
If your thyroid is underactive, your health can be restored by boosting levels of thyroid hormone back to normal, so Dr. Shaw will talk with you about hormone-replacement therapy. He will also evaluate your overall health to determine how your other body systems have been affected and ensure that you’re not deficient in nutrients.