Hypothyroidism

HYPOTHYROIDISM can be “functional” or laboratory-verified, and Dr. McKay treats both types with finesse and expertise. The thyroid is one of the endocrine glands, located in the front of the neck, just below the larynx. Thyroid hormone activates enzymes responsible for numerous functions in every cell of the body; it has been called the master regulator of metabolism. Like all hormones, thyroid hormone works in concert with several other hormones to keep the body in harmonious balance.

Functional hypothyroidism means a less than optimal function of thyroid hormone, for any reason. With hypothyroidism comes a slowing of cellular function, slowing of overall metabolism, and accumulation of metabolic wastes. Hypothyroidism can range from barely detectable to life threatening.

The thyroid gland is part of a deeply interconnected web of body systems. This intricate and vital network includes the pituitary gland (in the brain), the liver and kidneys, the adrenal glands, and a network of hormone-like substances called cytokines. Impairment of the activity of any of these components may be the underlying cause of low thyroid activity.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM may include any of the following, and more:
(* indicates significant thyroid dysfunction)

  • Depression*
  • Difficulty maintaining comfortable body temperature
  • Daytime sleepiness*
  • Edema*
  • Extreme forgetfulness and memory problems*
  • Elevated cholesterol (we used to treat high cholesterol with thyroid hormone, until the invention of statin drugs)
  • Hardening of the arteries*
  • Impaired kidney function
  • Loss of libido
  • Mental confusion or difficulty in concentration*
  • Rough dry skin
  • Sleep apnea
  • Enlarged or scalloped tongue

Isn’t this an interesting collection of symptoms? Did you think they were the result of other diseases such as allergies, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, or heart disease? This is why it’s so important to consult with a knowledgeable expert.