Whilst posting the previous entry on Thyroid Health, we noticed we had prepared another article, more specifically on low thyroid function, that ultimately hadn’t been posted by the site we prepared it for, so decided to share it here. Enjoy.
Thyroid hormones are our main metabolism hormones, but also affect mental function. Symptoms of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) include:
In more advanced cases, a person may experience:
The most dramatic effects of hypothyroidism are:
Low thyroid function has a range of causes, including:
Thyroid function is assessed by measuring the body’s levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). The reason hypothyroidism can be tricky to identify, is that the symptoms are non-specific, and because many feel the “normal” range for TSH is too high, resulting in persons who actually have inadequate thyroid function to be assessed as healthy, unless their physician is willing to “dig deeper”. This situation is described as “subclinical hypothyroidism”.
The conventional medical approach is to introduce synthetic thyroid hormone to the system, which is effective in the short-term, but effectively shuts the thyroid gland and results in worsening of thyroid function.
In naturopathic medicine, we seek to correct the underlying cause of the thyroid under-function, with the ultimate goal of restoring the thyroid gland to normal function.
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Posted: 2016 September 13