Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that produces the hormones that control many of your body’s essential functions. At PURE Executive Health & Wellness in Coral Gables, Florida, the team offers comprehensive thyroid testing and treatments to regulate your hormone levels and overall body function. Call to schedule an appointment today.
Your thyroid is one of the glands that comprise your endocrine system. Located at the lower part of the front of your neck, your thyroid produces the hormones that regulate many of your critical body functions, including your:
Your pituitary gland produces a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which helps your thyroid produce triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Your body needs a precise amount of these hormones. Too much or too little can cause disruptive symptoms and negatively impact your health.
Thyroid disorders cause over or under activity. A hyperactive thyroid disorder like Grave’s disease causes symptoms that include:
However, if your thyroid is hypoactive, you may have symptoms such as:
Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction vary in severity and can develop so slowly that you may not notice the change. Even just a small irregularity in your thyroid hormone levels can interfere with your health.
The doctors at PURE Executive Health & Wellness use blood tests to measure your thyroid function. After a simple blood draw, a lab technician measures the TSH, T3, and T4 hormones in your blood. They may also perform additional screenings, including a thyroid scan, an ultrasound, or radioiodine uptake tests. The doctors also understand that every patient is unique and that if your results are within the normal range, but at the high or low end, your health and wellness may improve with treatment.
The doctors at PURE Executive Health & Wellness offer customized treatments for thyroid disorders. For example, if you have an underactive thyroid, your doctor can prescribe synthetic thyroid hormones to replace the hormones your thyroid isn’t producing. They can also recommend diet and exercise changes, and other lifestyle modifications to improve your health.
If you have an overactive thyroid, your doctor can prescribe medications to regulate your hormone production and control some of your hyperactive thyroid symptoms. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend radioactive iodine treatments or surgery to kill or remove your thyroid. In these cases, you’ll need to take synthetic thyroid hormones to maintain regular body function.
If you’re concerned about your thyroid, call PURE Executive Health & Wellness today.