Thyroid Conditions and Treatment Programs

The thyroid gland regulates the body and governs metabolic functions.  When the thyroid hormone is imbalanced several functions can suffer.  Some of the functions of the thyroid gland include:

  • Tissue Repair
  • Cellular energy
  • Digestion
  • Hormone excretion
  • Blood Flow
  • Fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Muscle and Nerve action
  • Sexual function
  • Energy and heat production
  • Regulates growth
  • Vitamin absorption

If the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone, many symptoms can occur as a result.

Commonly, thyroid problems can occur during menopause. This is because the ovaries have thyroid receptors, and the thyroid gland has ovarian receptors. When estrogen and testosterone become deficient in the body, it can affect the thyroid gland.

Some of the diseases linked with low thyroid function include:

ADHD

Low thyroid function can affect memory, concentration, and create restlessness.

Depression

Thyroid deficiencies can also interfere with other hormones to cause depression and mood disorders.

High Cholesterol

Because of the thyroid’s role in metabolizing fats and proteins, cholesterol levels can rise when the thyroid is deficient.

Heart Disease

Because of the thyroid’s influence on muscle, low thyroid hormone can weaken muscular functions. The heart is one of the most important muscles in the body, and low thyroid function can lead to heart disease.

Chronic Fatigue

Because the thyroid directly affects metabolism, improper absorption of nutrients may affect the way the body processes energy.  If there is a constant lack of energy, a person may experience chronic fatigue

Fibromyalgia

The thyroid has an effect on the muscles, and fibromyalgia includes pain in the muscles and tissues.  When there is a lot of pain present, a person may feel less inclined to move.

Therefore, muscles in the arms and legs that are necessary for movement may become weaker and interfere with mobility.

Congestive Heart Failure

If the heart is trying to compensate for low function, it may have to work harder and hypertrophy, or grow.  Because the heart is a muscle, when it grows, it decreases the amount of space for blood to flow through the ventricles.  This can lead to heart failure.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

This condition is when parts of the vertebrae fuse and cause problems with movement.

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