Do you struggle with an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism? The expert team here at Get Well Scottsdale offers our clients safe and effective methods to address their underactive thyroid. The goal of the knowledgeable team at Get Well Scottsdale is to work with our clients to identify if hypothyroidism is the root of your symptoms, then advise our patients how best to address it and if thyroid therapy truly is the best route.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which one’s thyroid does not work as efficiently as it should. Hormones secreted by the thyroid gland regulate body temperature, metabolism and cerebral function, some of these hormones even contribute to overall energy levels. Some thyroid hormones increase fat breakdown, resulting in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol, while others protect against cardiovascular disease and improve cerebral metabolism, even helping to prevent cognitive and memory impairment.
Thyroid hormone is probably the safest and most beneficial cholesterol-lowering agent, yet it is infrequently used for this! Thyroid hormone is most responsible for the improvement in metabolism, energy levels and reduction of fatigue. Our expert team at Get Well Scottsdale will gladly discuss this with you and the importance of the thyroid in-person with you during a consultation if you feel you may be experiencing hypothyroidism.
We often get calls from patients looking for services in the Scottsdale area whose primary care physicians have told them they have hypothyroidism; that their thyroid is too low or too high causing it to be over or underactive. This is a confusing topic, allow us to provide you with a better understanding of this and the services our Scottsdale office provides for an underactive thyroid.
The thyroid gland produces a hormone called T4, the attached number 4 indicating that it has four iodine molecules, low levels of T4 are often indicative of an underactive thyroid. The body produces an enzyme that removes an iodine molecule and converts the T4 hormone into T3, which is the active form of that thyroid hormone. It is the Free T3 that has the greatest effect on energy, metabolism, and all thyroid functions such as preventing an underactive thyroid. Our Scottsdale team wants to further dive into this with our clients to ensure full and clear understanding of the thyroid.
At Get Well Scottsdale, we feel it’s important for our patients to understand what could be happening with their thyroid and from where health-related conclusions are drawn. The most common thyroid measurement is the measurement of TSH, or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, which stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone, providing a reliable gauge for the inverse of your thyroid production. TSH will be low if the body feels there is enough thyroid hormone present in the system, conversely, TSH goes up if the body feels there is not enough thyroid hormone, in an attempt to rouse the thyroid gland into increasing hormone production. This creates a common cause for confusion, if your doctor says your thyroid is low, do they mean the TSH is low, which indicates that your actual thyroid is high? Or is it that your actual thyroid is low, in which case the TSH would be high?
A second point of confusion commonly misunderstood by physicians: If your thyroid gland is producing T4, or you are taking thyroid hormone supplementation in the form of T4 (most commonly Synthroid or levothyroxine), the TSH will respond to the presence of T4 and likely be low or at a number of which your Scottsdale physician is comfortable. However, if the T4 is not converting into T3, the TSH will not reflect this. If the T4 is not converting into T3, you might have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism since it is the T3 that is the gas in the metaphorical tank. The only way to accurately assess Free T3 levels is to measure it specifically, and the Get Well Scottsdale team is prepared to assess your thyroid hormone levels properly, in order to determine the cause of what you are experiencing as well as what the best course of action is to take.
Other Scottsdale physicians may not measure Free T3, opting only to measure TSH. However, as seen above, this will not result in an accurate representation of your thyroid function. Many doctors are taught to treat patients based on TSH level, regardless of how the patient feels, although many patients feel better when Free T3 is optimal.
When you supplement Armour Thyroid or compounded desiccated thyroid with our options at Get Well Scottsdale, you receive both T4 and T3 in their bio-identical forms. T3 gives you the energy early in the cycle whereas T4 is converting into T3 for energy mid and late cycle, the cycle itself typically takes about 7-8 hours to complete. If our Scottsdale team measures your Free T3 around 4-5 hours after you take your thyroid, we see how well your body is converting the T4 into T3. This measurement of Free T3 is most reflective of your thyroid levels, which is why our team is here to explore that with you and provide accurate information for all patients at our Scottsdale office.