Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders in the United States. Millions of people suffer from this disease, many without even knowing it. Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland and it means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. If you are concerned about your thyroid function, there is hope, weMED Wellness offers safe and natural hypothyroidism treatment in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
The signs of hypothyroidism can be debilitating, affecting both your health and your ability to function in day-to-day life. These symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Loss of energy
- Sleeping excessively without feeling rested
- Changes in appetite
- Dry skin
- Swelling of the ankles and lower legs
- Sensitivity to cold
- Hair loss
- Foggy thinking
- Short-term memory loss
- Muscle and joint aches
- Changes in thickness and strength of hair and nails
- Swelling of the thyroid gland, on the front of the neck
- High cholesterol
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Loss of libido
If left untreated for too long, hypothyroidism can be disabling and even life-threatening. Many people suffer from these symptoms and believe they have depression or another disorder, leaving this serious illness untreated. Because the thyroid gland can affect almost every part of your body, the symptoms of hypothyroidism are often mistaken for other disorders. Expert knowledge is required to diagnose and treat this disease.
Some Potential Causes of Hypothyroidism
One of the most common causes of hypothyroidism is a condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This condition causes the thyroid to become inflamed.
A poor diet that is lacking in selenium and iodine may also increase the risk for thyroid disorders. These minerals are important for healthy thyroid function.
Leaky gut syndrome can raise autoimmune activity in the body causing small particles that are normally in the gut to leak out into the bloodstream via tiny openings in the gut lining.
For some women, during pregnancy, they start producing very high levels of thyroid; which is known as postpartum thyroiditis. Most of the time, this condition goes away with time after giving birth.
Stress can negatively impact the body in many different ways and for some people, stress can cause hypothyroidism because it can raise their levels of cortisol and adrenaline. As a result, it disturbs neurotransmitter function and worsens symptoms of thyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism Diagnosis and Treatment
In some cases, hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a simple blood test and treated with a daily prescription. However, many patients fall through the cracks. It is possible to have hypothyroidism that is serious enough to affect your health but not severe enough to show up on routine bloodwork. In addition, some people continue to have symptoms even after diagnosis and treatment. These people require specialized care from an expert in hypothyroidism. Because hypothyroidism affects the entire body, a holistic approach is often the most effective in diagnosing and treating this disease.
Safe and Natural Hypothyroidism Treatment in Houston
There are many safe, natural options for hypothyroidism treatment. In addition to taking artificial thyroid hormone, people also can try supplements, herbs, acupuncture and lifestyle changes to reduce their symptoms. If you need expert testing and treatment for hypothyroidism or other endocrine disorders in Houston, Dr. Bing You is here to help. Eastern medicine can provide whole body healing and health whereas, modern medicine alone may fail at times.
Our practice offers expert medical care for people who suffer from hypothyroidism symptoms that don’t fit in the box. For a health and wellness assessment, please call weMED Wellness at (713) 578-3888 to book an appointment with Dr. You. Today can be your first step toward a healthier and happier future.