The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck releases hormones that control our metabolism. It plays a significant role in functions of the body such as breathing, heart rate, body weight, muscle strength, cholesterol, body temperature and much more. Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, is caused when the thyroid gland is unsuccessful in producing enough of the thyroid hormone.
The thyroid hormone is designed to keep your metabolism running, so if you're suffering from the condition it can cause all sorts of symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. These symptoms include feeling tired, weight gain or having trouble losing weight, coarse dry hair, hair loss, dry or rough skin, intolerance to temperature, constipation, depression, memory loss, abnormal menstrual cycle, decreased libido and muscle cramps.
Hypothyroidism can affect people of all ages but is most commonly found in people over the age of 20. Furthermore, hypothyroidism is found in women more often and is 5-8 times more likely to affect women than men. One in eight women will develop a thyroid condition or disorder in her lifetime and around 10% of women in the United States already claim to have a thyroid hormone deficiency. There are more than 3 million new cases of hypothyroidism per year in the US, and overall, about 20 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease. Thyroid conditions usually last a lifetime, but they are manageable and hypothyroidism is treatable by a medical professional.
Based on a combination of your symptoms and blood tests, your doctor can diagnose and set up a treatment plan for you. At Physicians Age Management our clinicians primarily prescribe Armour thyroid, which is a natural product made up of T3 and T4, a combination that allows for better absorption and for many, better symptom relief. The goal of this treatment is to optimize both your thyroid and hormone levels.
Don't suffer in silence! At Physicians Age Management Centers we specialize in the assessment and treatment of hypothyroidism and hormone deficiency. It’s what we do, every day, and our specialty. Call us today at 919-885-0880 to schedule your free consultation and to discuss if hypothyroidism or hormone deficiency may be affecting you.