The thyroid makes hormones that control the way every cell in the body uses energy. This process is called metabolism.
When the thyroid gland fails to produce enough T3 and T4, it causes a condition known as hypothyroidism. Having a low level of thyroid hormone affects your whole body. It can make you feel tired and weak. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
There can be many reasons why the cells in the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone. These are the main ones:
- Autoimmune disease
- Thyroid surgery
- Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Certain medications
- Iodine deficiency
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
An underproductive thyroid gland can have a substantial impact on your health. The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person and typically develop over time.
If you’re suffering from hypothyroidism, you may notice:
- Dry skin
- Joint pain
- Slowed heart rate
- Memory loss
- Yellowed skin
The best and most-effective hypothyroidism treatment is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. In essence, BHRT replenishes your thyroid gland with hormones and restores your thyroid levels to their natural state.
BHRT can also be supplemented with:
- Improved diet
- Improved exercise
- Some over-the-counter medications
If you’d like to learn more about hypothyroidism treatment, call 402-933-4450 or contact us online. Dr. Kakish will be happy to provide a consultation and exam to get you on the path to optimal health.