Did you know that 20% of women and 10% of men have a poor functioning thyroid? And at least half of these people are never diagnosed due to vague symptoms and non-comprehensive lab work?
A low functioning thyroid can have very vague symptoms from fatigue (especially in the mornings), poor nail skin and hair health, joint pain, slowed metabolism, constipation. Do any of these ring a bell for you or a loved one?
Your thyroid is responsible for controlling every function in your body. You can imagine why even a slight dip in your thyroid function can have a major impact, right?
At Capital Integrative Health we test TSH, T4, T3, antibodies, Reverse T3 as well as many of the nutrients that are needed for optimal thyroid function.
Traditional medical practitioners will usually test your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T4...and as long as they fall within normal range, off you go. No further lab testing is usually done and then BAM.. your subclinical hypothyroidism goes undiagnosed.
But did you know that T3 is your active thyroid hormone? So if you are producing relatively enough T4 but it is not being converted to T3 efficiently, you could develop signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. But how would you know you're not producing enough T3 if it was not checked? You wouldn't.
What if you are producing enough hormones but your antibodies are elevated, suggesting autoimmune thyroid?
This means your immune system is starting to go haywire and attack its own tissue, in this case your immune system attacks the thyroid. But your TSH and T4 were "within normal limits" so you now have no idea you have the start of an autoimmune condition. THYROID MADNESS!
I encourage you to all be your own advocate when it comes to your health. Fit the description of low thyroid function? Seek out a functional medicine practitioner that can help diagnose and treat you. You have more power than you think!