Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Imbalances

The thyroid is a gland and is part of the endocrine system, which controls the body’s metabolism. When the thyroid overproduces or underproduces the hormone it can lead to metabolic problems. Treatment for thyroid imbalances Bastrop may consist of different modalities, such as stress management, nutritional support, and medication. Dr. Pompeyo Chavez, MD, will formulate a treatment plan depending on the initial assessment results.

What is the function of the thyroid?

The thyroid is a critical gland that produces metabolic hormones to regulate various functions of the body. The thyroid releases two primary hormones; T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Tetraiodothyronine).

The gland processes iodine to produce varying levels of both hormones depending on your body’s needs. It works with the pituitary gland to determine the healthy amounts of the hormone to release.

When the thyroid is producing sufficient quantities of T3 and T4, it could have a positive impact in several ways. It promotes growth and development in children. Food is broken down and absorbed faster, releasing energy for your body.

The hormones facilitate brain growth in children and enhance concentration. It also strengthens the heart and generates a stronger heartbeat.

Hyperthyroidism causes and symptoms

Hyperthyroidism is where the thyroid gland overproduces the thyroid hormones. The condition prompts the metabolic processes to work faster. As a result, hyperthyroidism can make you restless, and nervous, and may speed up your heartbeat.

Since it impacts body temperature, you will experience increased sweating. An overactive gland could also trigger insomnia, weight loss, anxiety, and increased appetite.

What causes hyperthyroidism? Thyroid inflammation may cause the gland to release higher levels of the hormone. It could also occur due to taking unhealthy quantities of iodine or thyroid medication. Another factor is a pituitary gland tumor, which affects the regulation of thyroid hormones.

Hypothyroidism causes and symptoms

The underproduction of thyroid hormones could also trigger health problems. Insufficient quantities tend to slow down the body’s metabolism.

Since it slows down the metabolism, patients with hypothyroidism tend to have bouts of fatigue, lethargy, and fertility problems. The body may work harder to generate heat, making you more sensitive to cold temperatures.

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include dry hair and skin. The condition may slow down your metabolism to induce a coma in extreme cases.

The primary cause of the condition is iodine deficiency, which the thyroid gland requires to function properly. Illnesses like diabetes, celiac disease, or lupus, could increase your risk of developing hypothyroidism. Some patients have genetic disorders, meaning the condition is present from birth.

Diagnosis and treatment for thyroid disorders

Since different factors may be causing the disorders, your doctor will run tests to establish the cause. The process involves taking blood samples to check the hormone levels in your body.

Your provider may prescribe thyroid or anti-thyroid pills depending on your diagnosis. The treatment may also incorporate other modalities to reduce inflammation and restore the thyroid’s function. A holistic process that includes stress management, dietary adjustments, and supplements has better long-term outcomes.

Contact Dr. Pompeyo Chavez, MD, to schedule your appointment today.

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