Low Thyroid in Women
We are currently in the midst of an “epidemic” of hypothyroidism, or low thyroid, among women. According to researchers, possibly tens of thousands of women go through every day suffering from “subclinical” thyroid disease, or disease that would show up as normal on a standard thyroid test even though women have symptoms including weight gain, loss of energy, and depression.
What’s the solution? Find a trusted doctor who understands how to diagnose and measure thyroid levels and can treat mild thyroid dysfunction.
Thyroid Imbalance: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
A healthy thyroid produces several hormones such as T3, T4 and calcitonin. In the body, T4 is converted to the active hormone T3, which stimulates metabolism.
Imbalance in thyroid hormones can occur when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) or excessive thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Both of these conditions can lead to various symptoms and may increase your risk for cardiovascular disorders, obesity, and osteoporosis.
Women experiencing hypothyroidism may suffer the following symptoms:
- Cold intolerance
- Dry or brittle hair
- Extreme fatigue even in non-tiring activities
- Higher cholesterol levels
- Irritability, depression and low mood
- Memory problems
- Slower heart rate (bradycardia)
- Weight gain
On the other hand, women suffering from excess thyroid hormone, or hyperthyroidism, may experience these symptoms:
- Frequent bowel movements
- Heat intolerance
- Nervousness and irritability
- Sleep disturbances
- Thyroid gland enlargement
- Weight loss
Thyroid Disease in Women
Women are at higher risk for developing thyroid disease, and hypothyroidism is much more common among women than hyperthyroidism. According to research, women are five to eight times more likely to have imbalance in thyroid hormones than men, but most don’t know they have it. Most women overlook their symptoms or mistake them for other medical conditions. For example, postpartum women are at particularly high risk for developing thyroid disorders. Symptoms that women experience after childbirth can be very similar to the symptoms of thyroid disease.
If you are diagnosed with a thyroid hormone deficiency, your doctor will likely prescribe replacement thyroid hormone. This simple hormone can correct your thyroid hormone levels and help get rid of your symptoms. Some of the benefits of thyroid hormone treatment include:
- Improved energy
- Weight loss
- Improved mood
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Improved memory and cognition
Why Choose a Genemedics Health Institute for Natural Thyroid Replacement Therapy?
The physicians are Genemedics are highly experienced in the field of thyroid hormone therapy. Our Genemedics Health Institute doctors will conduct a thorough exam and order blood tests to identify a potential thyroid hormone deficiency. If a deficiency is discovered, you will be prescribed thyroid replacement hormone, as well as other lifestyle and diet modifications to correct your imbalance and ease your symptoms.