Thyroid hormone has a number of important functions in the body. It is essential that the thyroid gland be completely evaluated. At Center For Age Management TSH, free T4, free T3, Reverse T3, and anti thyroid hormone antibodies are measured. Many patients have symptoms of low thyroid and are frequently missed by the conventional evaluation that frequently measures TSH only. T3 is needed for fat loss. Low T3 is frequently associated with depression in post menopausal women. At Center for Age Management we fully evaluate the thyroid gland and replace to obtain optimal function.
The thyroid controls cell growth and metabolism, improves heart and vascular health, renews energy, affects concentration, regulates body temperature, affects cholesterol levels, skin and hair. In premenopausal women, hypothyroidism is often associated with a heavier menstrual cycle.
Symptoms of low thyroid include depression, weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, heavy menses, elevations in cholesterol, constipation fluid retention, cold hands and feet, constipation and memory loss, Supplementation of thyroid hormone is easy and inexpensive. The goal is to restore T3 and T4 to their natural ratio and blood concentrations.
Hashimoto Thyroiditis is a common condition seen at Center for Age Management. Not only is it important to replace thyroid hormones, but to balance an over active immune system.
Blood tests can identify an overactive gland and one that is underactive.