Your thyroid acts as a control center for your metabolism, helping you burn calories and convert them to energy. If you have symptoms that indicate an imbalance in the hormones from your thyroid, Yeral Patel, MD, at Perfect YOUth in Newport Beach, California, can test your blood and help you form a treatment plan to produce more or fewer thyroid hormones. To find out if your thyroid functions normally, call Perfect YOUth or book an appointment online today.
Your thyroid is a hormone-producing gland in your body with a few important functions. It’s located at the base of your neck with a shape that’s often compared to a butterfly.
The hormones that come from your thyroid gland, namely triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and calcitonin, help your body metabolize nutrients. They also aid in your growth and development. Your thyroid gland works closely with your pituitary gland, which tells it which hormones your body needs at a given time.
If your thyroid doesn’t make enough of these hormones or makes too much, it can lead to an imbalance. Imbalances of hormones can cause a variety of symptoms and health complications.
There are several different conditions linked to your thyroid. Two common forms of thyroid dysfunction are:
Hyperthyroidism happens when your thyroid produces too many hormones. It’s more common in women and leads to symptoms such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, fragile hair and nails, weight loss, and sweating.
Hypothyroidism happens when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. Its many symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness, weight gain, depression, and cold sensitivity.
Other conditions affecting your thyroid include goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), thyroid cancer, and thyroid nodules.
If you have hyperthyroidism, Dr. Patel may prescribe radioactive iodine or other drugs to help your thyroid gland reduce its production of hormones.
Like other hormone imbalances, hypothyroidism is easily managed by taking hormones to make up for the lack of your body’s production. After testing your levels with blood work, Dr. Patel figures out the dose of thyroid hormones you need and gives it to you in pill form. She monitors you to make sure you don’t start showing symptoms of hyperthyroidism because of a high dosage.
In any case, your thyroid treatment works best when supplemented with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Dr. Patel works with you to form a plan based on your condition, symptoms, and needs.
If you have symptoms of a thyroid condition and would like Dr. Patel to test your hormone levels, call Perfect YOUth or book your appointment online today.