Thyroid Disease

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What is Thyroid Disease?

The thyroid is the butterfly - shaped gland that sits in the base of the neck. It has two side/lobes and is connected in the middle in a region known as the isthmus.

This small, but powerful, organ plays a major role in our endocrine system. Your endocrine system is a collection of glands in your body that produce hormones. These hormones regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual and reproductive function as well as regulate sleep and mood.

This is why, when the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to a variety of problems including changes in your skin and hair, your weight, bowel movements, energy and even your menstrual cycle.

As women, we are unfortunately at a higher risk of developing thyroid disease in our lifetime, 5 to 8 times more likely than men, to be exact.

With 1 in 8 women developing a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, having comprehensive thyroid analysis completed annually can help us diagnosis and treat thyroid disease more effectively.

Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid Function)

  • Fatigue

  • Weight Gain

  • Depression

  • Cold Intolerance

  • Low blood pressure

  • Anxiety/ panic attacks

  • Brittle nails

  • Dry skin and hair

  • Brain Fog

  • Constipation

Hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease.

Hyperthyroidism

(Excess Thyroid Function)

  • Bulging Eyes/ Vision Changes

  • Fatigue

  • Racing Heart

  • Anxiety

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Insomnia

  • Diarrhea

Hyperthyroidism is most commonly caused by Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease.


Thyroid Treatment

Finding the root cause of your thyroid disease is critical. Unfortunately, conventional testing usually only measure TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). If your TSH is in the “normal” range, conventionally, no further testing or investigation is suggested, even if your symptoms persist.

Dr. Zen believes in providing her patients with comprehensive thyroid testing which goes well beyond conventional testing.

  • Free T3 (the active form of thyroid hormone)

  • Free T4 (a precursor to T3)

  • Anti- Thyroid thyroglobulin antibodies (autoimmune marker)

  • Anti- Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (autoimmune markers)

  • Reverse T3 (an inactive form of T3)

  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)