The majority of the 60 million Americans who have thyroid imbalances go undiagnosed. Most are women, because the symptoms of low thyroid are frequently attributed to menopause.
In fact, low thyroid mimics the symptoms of menopause, and can even trigger menopause, estrogen will block the production of thyroid hormones. When treating the symptoms of menopause, doctors frequently miss the presence of an underactive thyroid, and the administration of estrogen hormones will make the condition worse. In addition, women need more thyroid hormones than men do, so deficiencies are often under-diagnosed.
Do You Have A Hidden Thyroid Problem?
- Do you find it difficult to lose weight, even if you starve yourself?
- Do you have swelling or puffiness around your eyes, in your feet and toes, or in your hands?
- Do you find yourself craving sweets and carbohydrates?
- Do you get shaky or nervous if you don’t eat?
- Is your sex drive much lower than it used to be?
- Do you feel rundown, sluggish, or fatigued most of the time?
- Do you wake up feeling tired, no matter how much sleep you get?
- Do you need caffeine to wake up or stay alert during the day?
- Are you experiencing mood changes, such as feeling depressed for no reason?
- Do you sometimes experience sudden nervousness or even panic attack?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating or remembering things?
- Do you feel sensitive to cold weather?
- Do you have unexplained joint and muscles aches throughout your body?
- Do you ever have unusual heart rhythms, such as palpitations?
- Are your eyebrows thinning?
- Is your hair dry, brittle, or falling out?
- Are your nails breaking easily or growing slowly?
- Do you have high cholesterol?
- Do you have difficulty swallowing?
- Are you have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep?
- Are your eyes dry, scratchy, or sensitive to light?
- Are you getting recurrent sinus infections?
- Do you have ringing in the years, known as tinnitus?
- Has your voice become hoarse or raspy?
- Is your skin dry, patchy or flaky?
These are all classic symptoms of low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). Primary symptoms of low thyroid include a slowed or sluggish metabolism, weight, fatigue, and depression. One of the most common causes of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies attack the thyroid and gradually destroy its ability to produce thyroid hormone. Severe hypothyroidism can cause symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease, or can mimic psychological disorders. Thyroid hormone helps control heart rate and blood pressure, so arrhythmias are common in people with low thyroid levels. Hypothyroidism also weakens the diaphragm muscles, impairing breathing and causing extreme fatigue. Growth hormone therapy increases thyroid hormone levels, and the two work synergistically to enhance metabolic function.
How Is Low Thyroid Related To Growth Hormone?
The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 (called “thyrones”) are primarily responsible for metabolism. Like growth hormone, they are important for protein synthesis and the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates. They work in synergy with growth hormone to produce long bone growth. The production of T3 and T4 is triggered by the release of TSH by the anterior pituitary gland, which also synthesis growth hormone. Thyroid hormone is the only biochemical molecule known to incorporate iodine, and iodine was added to table salt because lack of iodine in the American diet was causing growth abnormalities in children and goiter in adults. Many scientists believe that nicotine, alcohol, and drug addictions are related to the abilities of these substances to block the breakdown of T3 in the brain or increase the brain’s synthesis of T3 into T4.
Women who have a deficiency in either thyroid hormone or growth hormone will also have an imbalance in the other.
Growth hormone and thyroid hormone have complex interactions in the body. Growth hormone therapy will increase thyroid hormone levels. The thyroid requires the presence of insulin or insulin-like growth factor (IGF1) to initiate production of its hormones. So any thyroid hormone replacement program should take into account insulin and IGF1. Both of these are directly involved in growth hormone production as well. In fact, growth hormone is able to convert the inactive form of thyroid hormone, T4, into the active form, T3. Interactions between growth hormone, IGF-1, and thyroid hormone are responsible for the fat-burning, metabolic qualities desired in growth hormone levels. When growth hormone is administered therapeutically, T4 must also be administered to keep the system in balance. This is important, because T3 used with growth hormone will actually decrease anabolic activity. The conversion of T4 into T3 by growth hormone is required to obtain maximum benefits.
How Is Low Thyroid Syndrome Diagnosed?
Low thyroid is diagnosed by a doctor after consulting with the patient, and confirmed by blood tests. In the early stages of hypothyroidism, the levels of T3 and T4 may be normal. The main tool for identifying subclinical hypothyroidism is to measure TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). If thyroid levels are low, the pituitary will react by producing more TSH and blood levels of TSH will be abnormally high. This stage of hypothyroidism can precede the actual burnout of the thyroid by months or even years. However, if the decrease in thyroid hormone is due to pituitary disease or a dysfunction in the hypothalamus, TSH will remain low even the the individual in a state subclinical hypothyroidism.
While blood work can confirm the diagnosis of low thyroid levels, it cannot determine the underlying cause. A complete blood panel needs to be done and evaluated by a qualified doctor.
How Is Low Thyroid Treated?
Low thyroid is conventionally treated with T4 in oral form (Levoxyl, Synthroid). We use bioidentical thyroid hormone or thyrotropin-releasing hormone is injectable form. Since 1990, studies have shown that injectable thyroid hormones increase significantly following injection, and injectable thyroid can be more accurately controlled as it goes directly into the bloodstream. Most patients doe well with injections of T4 and TSH.In patients who suffer from inflammatory autoimmune conditions, we use a combination of T4 and T3, because the inflammation suppressed the hypothalamus-pituitary (HPT) axis. One study showed that single injection of the inflammatory cytokine reduced blood levels of TSH, T3, TS4, and TRH for 5 days. Further, we recommend growth hormone for its own sake as well as for its beneficial relationship to thyroid hormone production. Once treatment is
initiated, it needs to continue for a lifetime to maintain its results.
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