Hypothyroidism Treatment in Apple Valley - Saint Paul, MN
Your endocrine system is an intricate collection of glands, all of which produce hormones. One of the most important of these glands is the thyroid. The hormones produced by the thyroid, known as thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) play a major role in regulating your metabolism, cholesterol and heart health.
When the thyroid gland fails to produce enough T3 and T4, this causes a condition known as hypothyroidism. An underproductive, underactive thyroid can result in variety of serious health complications and can make life difficult. If you think you may be dealing with hypothyroidism, call (952) 777-8887 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
As with all thyroid conditions, there are a number hypothyroid causes. These factors can weaken or eliminate your thyroid hormone production:
- Autoimmune disease
- Thyroid surgery
- Chemotherapy / Radiation therapy
- Certain medications
- Iodine deficiency
Some medications prescribed for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) seek to lessen hormone production, but may actually be too effective and cause hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism may also occur after menopause, but is often not severe enough for medical intervention (subclinical).
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
An underproductive thyroid gland can have a massive impact on your health. The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person and typically develop over time.
If you're suffering from hypothyroidism, you may notice:
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Joint pain
- Slowed heart rate
- Memory loss
- Yellowed skin
If hypothyroidism isn't treated, it can develop more serious and even life-threatening side-effects such as low blood pressure and slowed breathing. It's important to treat hypothyroidism as soon as possible.
If you're experiencing any or all of these symptoms, contact us online.
The best, most-effective hypothyroidism treatment is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy , or BHRT. In essence, BHRT replenishes your thyroid gland with hormones and restores your thyroid levels to their natural state.
To start BHRT, your doctor will likely check your thyroid hormone levels with a blood test. From there, a BHRT treatment plan can be created.
Thyroid hormones can be delivered with:
- Injected pellets
- Topical creams
- Dermal patches
Each of these methods represents a way to achieve hormonal balance, using T3 and T4 that are natural, not synthetic. BHRT can also be supplemented with:
- Improved diet
- Improved exercise
- Some over-the-counter medications
Hypothyroidism should not be taken lightly. If left to fester, it can worsen and even threaten your life. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides a safe, natural way to restore balance to your system.
If BHRT sounds right for you, don't hesitate to call (952) 777-8887 or contact us online.
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