Hypothyroidism is diagnosed in 1 of every 7 womens. In contrast, 1 in 4 women suffers from latent hypothyroidism, which means many symptoms - but are not properly diagnosed.
Hypothyroidism is a fairly common phenomenon in the Western world and can result from many causes including genetics, nutrition, and stress, especially chronic.
The standard diagnosis method:
The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be linked to many other problems and therefor there is sometimes difficulty in diagnos the rooth problem. The six most common symptoms in the following order are:
1) Fatigue - mainly morning and afternoon fatigue, sometimes nocturnal wakefulness / difficulty sleeping
2) Weight changes - mainly weight gain, or inability to lose weight
3) Cold, especially in the feet and palms, even in summer.
4) Menstrual Disorders, Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain)
5) Hair loss
6) Mental depression
For these symptoms (or some of them) we would like to cross-examine comprehensive blood tests in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis:
1) TSH - This is the hormone that is tested in routine blood tests and as long as it is in the range (0.5-4.8) the patient will not receive special treatment for her thyroid gland. This is despite the fact that many patients experience symptoms, sometimes substantial, already in TSH above the value 2 or 3. A desirable value in functional medicine between 1 and 2.5 as ideal.
2) T-4 - the hormone thyroxine. Measures in standard tests and indicates with great accuracy the amount of hormone secreted directly from the thyroid gland (TSH is a hormone that is secreted from another gland called the pituitary gland ).
3) T-3 - the hormone triiodothyronine. It is the hormone that is the active derivative of T-4. Normal levels of this hormone will make any patient feel optimal in terms of heat and energy when it comes to the thyroid gland.
4) Anti Thyroid Peroxidase : The presence of these antibodies in the blood indicates a disorder of autoimmune (autoimmune) in the thyroid gland.
Genetics and epigenetics:
Genetics, as mentioned, we still cannot change. Yet we can strive to provide our bodies with the best environment for prosperity, in a way that will reduce the chance of “bad” genes being manifested, i.e. disease. This "environment" is called epigenetics .
How can I do that? First of all, diagnose the source of the problem. Cross-reference information that includes blood tests that show whether the problem currently exists in the thyroid gland by originat or the main root cause is in the immune system (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) as common. along with a personal story, and if necessary functional tests to identify dominance of heavy metals , microbial imbalances and levels of inflammation Not just the symptoms but the root of the problem - in parallel with the symptoms.
The cause of the disease varies from woman to woman . In functional medicine, we will focus on the root of the problem in parallel with the symptoms, in order to treat both concretely and the desire to reduce recurrence and future illness.
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