Signs of Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease affects millions of Americans, especially women, although men also experience thyroid problems.

Symptoms

Common symptoms include fatigue, constipation, depression, weight gain, thinning hair, and impaired memory.

Misdiagnosis is Common

Unfortunately, many thyroid conditions are often misdiagnosed. This is due to a lack of adequate testing, poor reference ranges, and that many people with thyroid disease have normal thyroid labs.

Recommendations

Dr. Carlson routinely recommends a comprehensive thyroid lab assessment to include TSH, free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies.

Conventionally, patients are treated with thyroid replacement medication, which often does not improve their symptoms. While replacing thyroid hormone is important, Dr. Carlson’s approach addresses the two most common underlying causes, nutritional deficiencies and autoimmune disease. Hashmoto’s is the most common autoimmune cause of hypothyroidism. Graves’ disease is another autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid gland, which causes the thyroid to become overactive, resulting in hyperthyroid.

Effective treatment of thyroid disease requires addressing potential deficiencies in vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats, as well as adequate exercise and stress reduction, reducing inflammation, removing food sensitivities, and detoxing from heavy metals and chemical exposure.

Conditions

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Grave’s disease
  • Goiter

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