In this latest post, our RCMC Medical Center team outlines everything you need to know about what an underactive thyroid is, symptoms, common causes, and how our medical weight loss staff can help.
- Underactive Thyroid?
The thyroid gland is responsible for creating your body’s hormones that assist in controlling your metabolism. When someone does not produce enough of the hormone, they would suffer from an underactive thyroid – also commonly referred to as hypothyroid. A simple blood test can determine if you are suffering from an underactive thyroid.
- Common Symptoms
There are some common symptoms that an underactive thyroid can cause. These include such things like weight gain, concentration issues, fatigue, muscle aches, overall weakness, and more.
- The TSH Connection
In cases where there is a lack of the thyroid hormone, your body will signal your pituitary gland so that it can create a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). When this occurs, your body will up the amount of T3 and T4 hormone production.
When TSH levels are very high, this would indicate an underactive thyroid. As mentioned earlier, a blood test can identify when this occurs.
- Causes of an Underactive Thyroid
While there can potentially be many factors that can cause this issue, many times it can come down to an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) that makes the body accidentally damage and attack the thyroid. Also, such things like a viral infection can be another root cause of an underactive thyroid.
- Consult a Medical Professional
Before starting any sort of treatment, always contact a professional who can sit down with you and assess your symptoms, etc. With the increase of internet stores and grey market options, never buy or seek any sort of weight loss service or product without the aid of a medical professional.
How RCMC Medical Center Can Help
Our doctors and team at RCMC Medical Center offer a combination of food choices and portioning, lifestyle changes, nutritional counseling, as well as medical solutions for underactive thyroid issues, HCG injections, Lipo-Plus solutions, and more. All of our solutions follow the protocols set forth by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the National Institute for Health.
For a free weight loss consultation, and to learn more about how to battle an underactive thyroid, please contact us today.