Information on Function of the Thyroid

When a person has an under active thyroid, which is a result from insufficient thyroid hormone production, this is diagnosed as hypothyroidism.  Typically, this condition creates symptoms which include weight gain, fatigue, constipation, low blood pressure, body pain fluid retention, depression, and more.

When a person has an oversupply of thyroid hormone, this thyroid dysfunction is known as hyperthyroidism.  This results from an oversupply of thyroid hormone and causes rapid metabolism.  Some of the more common symptoms of this condition include rapid weight loss, insomnia, diarrhea, anxiety, high blood pressure, vision disturbances and bulging/eye sensitivity, amongst other symptoms.

Another example of a person being considered hypothyroid is as a result of being treated with radioactive iodine or when the thyroid was surgically removed and is now taking a thyroid replacement hormone.  Some doctors, even some experts of hormonal health, have outlined their approach in achieving what they call ‘optimal treatment’ for the condition hypothyroidism.  In this, they state that the proper care for hypothyroidism begins when a proper diagnosis is given, and follows with a process of supplementation for success in intracellular thyroid activity.

This proper treatment is dependant on understanding thyroid function.  There is a test given that helps detect dysfunction in the thyroid when the problem is the thyroid gland.  In most cases, when there is a problem with the thyroid gland the diagnosis is usually hypothyroidism.  However, with additional testing there may be another reason for the problem. In some cases low tissue or suboptimal thyroid activity such as…
• Problems with cellular transport
• Pituitary and hypothalamus dysfunction
• Increases with formation of T3
• Poor T3 and T4 conversion
• Blockage of thyroid receptor
• When the activation of the thyroid stimulated gene is inhibited

Both Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease are both diseases that have a direct affect on the thyroid.  A person gets Hashimoto’s disease as a result of having hypothyroidism. It may mirror some of the same symptoms.  It is rare, but possible that occasionally the thyroid fails, comes back to life and temporarily become overactive.  This is characterized by what is known as Hashitoxicosis.

Graves’ disease is another known autoimmune disease that can cause the thyroid to become overactive. This condition is known as hyperthyroidism. Other things that can cause hyperthyroidism are supplements or medications, viral infections of the thyroid, Toxic modules, amongst other things.

If you, or someone you know think they may be suffering from one of the auto-immune diseases listed above, please see your physician right away.  The sooner you are treated, the quicker you will start to feel better.  You deserve the very best.

Dr. Marc Ott, DC has been helping people everyday in the Central Florida and greater Orlando area overcome the very misunderstood and often mistreated conditions caused from dysfunctional thyroids. Visit Orlando Thyroid Project to learn more about thyroid management.

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