Some estimates suggest well over 20 million people suffer with thyroid conditions in the United States. As many as 60 percent of cases go undetected, which is why regular screening – and the right screening with the right doctor – is so important.
Both over function (Hyperthyroidism) and under function (Hypothyroidism) of the thyroid gland affects the performance of your entire endocrine system. Therefore, it is imperative that any thyroid imbalance is corrected in order to achieve optimal health. Untreated, thyroid disease can seriously impact your overall health and in some cases lead to serious cardiovascular disease.
Your thyroid is a small gland, about the size and shape of a small butterfly, located just under your Adam’s apple. Your thyroid gland is an extremely important player in your overall hormone health and vitality. Unlike other hormones, receptors for thyroid hormone are found in every cell of your body, regulating the function of every organ and every system in the human body.
If your thyroid gland malfunctions and over or under produces hormones, the resulting imbalance can cause symptoms like fatigue on one end of the spectrum or lead to serious heart problems on the other.
Thyroid conditions range from milder forms of Thyroiditis to end-stage Thyroid Cancer. The majority of patients experience Hypothyroidism — too little hormone production — while a small percentage suffer from Hyperthyroidism, or too much. There are many different autoimmune diseases which fall into the category of Thyroid Disease, including:
The cause of Thyroid Disease is not always clear. From iodine deficiency to autoimmune disease, there are multiple causal factors, but researchers still do not completely understand the precise etiology of thyroid disease in all cases.
Some of the causes include:
Some of the risk factors for Thyroid Disease include:
An underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism) can manifest with many of the following symptoms:
Less often, we see symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland, which include anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, diarrhea, sweating, etc.
At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, the course of treating Thyroid Disease and its symptoms will vary with each individual patient. We will create a treatment plan designed just for you. We recommend you compile a complete list of your symptoms, medical conditions and medications before your first consultation. We will review your medical history, lifestyle factors, current medications and other health concerns.
Generally, a first-line approach to treating Thyroid Disease and its symptoms involves hormone testing to optimize your hormone levels. Many patients have had their thyroid values tested and been told that they are "normal." Unfortunately, in conventional medicine, the ranges for "normal" thyroid function are very broad. In Naturopathic Medicine, we like to see your thyroid hormones in a much narrower range, as this is a better reflection of "optimal" thyroid function.
We use blood tests to determine if you are falling into the optimal range, and also to determine if the cause of your thyroid imbalance is due to an autoimmune condition. Then we support the thyroid with natural medications including nutrients and glandular medications. We will discuss your individualized Thyroid Disease treatment protocol in detail, including treatment duration, possible side effects, dosing, and a timeline for when you can expect to see effects.
There are other approaches to counteract the changes in your body the onset of Thyroid Disease may trigger, including:
If you are struggling with Thyroid Disease, working with a doctor who understands the complexity of thyroid function – as well as the myriad of treatment options that may maximize your healing potential – is essential. At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, we offer the most up-to-date and comprehensive testing and treatment to bring renewed health and healing from the troubling symptoms of Thyroid Disease.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of Thyroid Disease and have questions, we invite you to reach out to us. We’re here for you, every step of the way, and happy to answer any questions you may have about your symptoms and our methods to restore balance and bring you back to optimal thyroid function.
Water's Edge Natural Medicine
1000 2nd Ave, Suite 2920
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 966-4522
Fax: (206) 283-1924
Serving patients in Seattle, WA and the surrounding King and Snohomish County communities including: Queen Anne, Mercer Island, Medina, Bellevue, Redmond, Snohomish, Kirkland, Edmonds.
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