Thyroid health issues are on the rise, particularly Hypothyroidism. It affects people’s hormone regulation, diet, and energy levels. Hypothyroidism is often misdiagnosed when doctors do not run a full thyroid panel. The causes of hypothyroidism are gut issues, inflammation, chronic fatigue, virus, or toxicities.
20 Million Americans
An alarmingly high statistic shows that 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, the majority suffer from hypothyroidism. This means the thyroid gland is not able to make enough of the hormone needed for the body to keep running normally.
Hypothyroidism is more common in women than men and can be the root of several genetic, nutritional, and immune-related conditions.
What Is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that can be found at the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s role is to produce hormones that go into the blood and get distributed to every tissue in the body.
The thyroid is one of the hormones responsible for energy and metabolism. It helps regulate temperature, and keeps the brain, heart, muscles, and organs working as they should. When the body is not producing enough thyroid hormone, the symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, hair thinning, dry skin, and depression.
You Might Not Know You Have It
Low thyroid hormone can also cause other more serious symptoms such as changes in menstruation, fertility issues difficulty sleeping, or gastrointestinal disorders. The symptoms vary from person to person and are often can be mistaken for those of other diseases. Patients often do not recognize hypothyroidism as a problem preventing them from exploring correct treatment. Experts have discovered that about 40 to 60 percent of people who have thyroid disease do not know they have it.
Diagnosis and regulation of thyroid function can be tricky and it requires a whole-person approach. Moonstone Naturopathic is dedicated to treating each patient individually. Moonstone Naturopathic utilizes various diagnostic tests and a multidisciplinary approach tailored to each individual and their needs. Dr. Brandy McGill’s treatments may involve a mixture of therapeutics including clinical nutrition, vitamins & minerals, botanicals, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, and others.