Lamkin Clinic http://www.lamkinclinic.com ...for optimum health Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:45:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your baby may not be the cause of your exhaustion http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/baby-may-not-cause-exhaustion/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/baby-may-not-cause-exhaustion/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:45:14 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1153 Feeling tired? Struggling to concentrate? Have unexplained aches and pains? These can be symptoms of a few different things, but if you’ve just had a baby, it’s worth considering whether or not you might have postpartum thyroiditis. Postpartum thyroiditis affects about one in seventeen women in America. Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal changes,... Read More →

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Postpartum thyroiditis, tired momFeeling tired? Struggling to concentrate? Have unexplained aches and pains?

These can be symptoms of a few different things, but if you’ve just had a baby, it’s worth considering whether or not you might have postpartum thyroiditis.

Postpartum thyroiditis affects about one in seventeen women in America. Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal changes, and since your thyroid hormone affects so many of your body’s organs, any changes in thyroid hormone production can throw you out of whack.

Postpartum thyroiditis typically includes a brief period of a few months where you experience hyperthyroidism and then several months of hypothyroidism. But some women only experience hypothyroidism symptoms, and others exclusively experience hyperthyroidism symptoms.

Many women return to normal functioning within a year or two, but for some women, the hypothyroidism becomes permanent.

There are a few pre-existing conditions that can make it more likely for you to develop postpartum thyroiditis. These include:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Elevated antithyroid antibodies (even if your thyroid hormone levels are normal)
  • Elevated antiperoxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies
  • Postpartum thyroiditis in a previous pregnancy

There’s evidence that selenium supplements during pregnancy may help prevent this condition for some women. But you should talk with your doctor before adding selenium to your regimen to make sure it will be a good option for you personally.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis are often wrongly dismissed as the stresses of being a new parent so the condition often goes undiagnosed. If you are concerned you may be experiencing postpartum thyroiditis, it’s important to ask your doctor to do thorough testing of your thyroid hormone production.

If you have experienced postpartum thyroiditis, there’s a higher likelihood that you will experience it after future pregnancies. And the risk for developing hypothyroidism in the years following your pregnancy increases significantly.

That doesn’t mean you need to be overly worried—but it’s a conversation you and your doctor should have, and you should have your thyroid hormones proactively tested once a year if you’ve experienced postpartum thyroiditis.

Want to talk with a doctor who specializes in treating these kinds of issues? Give our office a call. Let’s have a conversation about your health.

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How to accurately determine your body composition http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/accurately-determine-body-composition/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/accurately-determine-body-composition/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:45:57 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1150 Chances are you’ve heard about the BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement. It’s a common metric used to determine whether someone is overweight or obese. However, it’s a rule of thumb at best. Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height (in meters) squared. If you want to find your BMI,... Read More →

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scale, calculate bmiChances are you’ve heard about the BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement. It’s a common metric used to determine whether someone is overweight or obese. However, it’s a rule of thumb at best.

Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height (in meters) squared. If you want to find your BMI, you can use that formula, or just enter your height and weight into this calculator from the CDC.

Doctors often use your BMI as a rough estimate of the level of fat in your body, but it’s not a foolproof diagnostic tool. It’s typical for an athlete to have a relatively high BMI, but that’s often due to high levels of muscle mass (which weighs more than fat) rather than high levels of body fat.

And even at the same BMI measurement, different people will have different proportions of body fat, depending on age, gender, and even ethnicity.

So while someone’s BMI can sometimes be a useful tool, it’s not as effective as you might think. Fortunately, there are more accurate ways to measure a person’s body fat relative to their weight.

Some of the other ways to measure body fat include underwater weighing, isotope dilution, measuring skinfold thickness with calipers, and a technique called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (or DEXA for short).

We find that a DEXA scan is the most effective way to determine how much body fat and how much muscle our patients have.

A DEXA scan is a quick scan that allows us to identify several aspects of your body’s composition using cutting-edge technology. Rather than relying on a general formula to determine your BMI, we are able to visually identify what proportion of your body composition is fat and what is lean muscle (and in which body regions).

Want to know more about our DEXA scans, or how we can help you improve your overall body composition? Give our office a call. We’d be happy to talk with you!

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Diabetes and hypothyroidism complications http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/diabetes-hypothyroidism-complications/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/diabetes-hypothyroidism-complications/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:45:29 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1137 If you have diabetes, you probably already know that it’s the most common disease of the endocrine system. But thyroid disease is the second most common endocrine disorder. And the conditions often are found together. If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about scheduling screening for thyroid disease—and learn why hypothyroidism can be problematic... Read More →

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Diabetes hypothyroidism complicationsIf you have diabetes, you probably already know that it’s the most common disease of the endocrine system. But thyroid disease is the second most common endocrine disorder. And the conditions often are found together.

If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about scheduling screening for thyroid disease—and learn why hypothyroidism can be problematic for your diabetes management.

While people with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have issues with their thyroid, hypothyroidism can affect both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.

Prediabetes and hypothyroidism

A recent study finds that adults with hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone) are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the general population. This likelihood increases for individuals with prediabetes.

Prediabetic adults with hypothyroidism are 40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Treating the hypothyroidism lowers the risk of developing full-blown diabetes.

Hypothyroidism affects blood lipid levels

Hypothyroidism typically makes the already atypical lipid proportions in diabetic individuals even worse. This lipid pattern includes low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, and a high amount of “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Because hypothyroidism typically makes this lipid pattern more problematic, that increases the chance of someone with hypothyroidism and diabetes having heart disease as well.

Treatment during and after pregnancy

If you are pregnant and diabetic, you should know that thyroid issues during pregnancy are three times more common for diabetic pregnant woman than other pregnant women.

You may need to increase your level of hypothyroidism treatment during your pregnancy, and it’s important to closely monitor your thyroid levels during and after pregnancy. The postpartum period is a particularly important time to keep an eye on your thyroid function. Women who develop postpartum thyroiditis are at an increased risk of permanent hypothyroidism within a few years of diagnosis.

Your doctor should be paying close attention to your thyroid health if you are diabetic. The complications of having both conditions can often be mitigated with proper treatment, but will create dangerous issues if left untreated.

If you’re diabetic or even prediabetic and you are concerned about your thyroid health, give us a call. We would love to partner with you in your pursuit of health.

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Hypothyroidism symptoms in men http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/hypothyroidism-symptoms-men/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/hypothyroidism-symptoms-men/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:45:54 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1132 While hypothyroidism tends to be more prevalent in women than in men, that means it’s all the more important to talk with a medical professional if you are a man concerned about your thyroid health. Hypothyroidism is often caused by autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a common cause), but can also be the result of... Read More →

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hypothyroidism-symptoms-menWhile hypothyroidism tends to be more prevalent in women than in men, that means it’s all the more important to talk with a medical professional if you are a man concerned about your thyroid health.

Hypothyroidism is often caused by autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a common cause), but can also be the result of damage to your thyroid, including surgery, or even as the result of treatment for an overactive thyroid.

Some hypothyroidism symptoms are similar in men and women, but there are some symptoms that tend to turn up more often in men. First, I’ll list some of the general symptoms of hypothyroidism, and then some of the symptoms that are more common in men—including erectile dysfunction.

Common hypothyroidism symptoms

Hypothyroidism slows down your body’s metabolism and even energy production—down to the cellular level—and these are some of the most common symptoms.

  • Goiter (swelling of the thyroid gland
  • Feeling cold
  • Difficult time concentrating
  • Tiring easily
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry skin and brittle nails
  • Sore muscles

Symptoms that are more common in men

Men who have hypothyroidism may not in fact be gaining weight, but they may find that they are losing muscle (and muscle strength).

Premature balding, or even abrupt hair loss, including body hair and eyebrows, also tends to be a hypothyroidism symptom more common in men than women.

Erectile dysfunction

Some men also experience a loss of interest in sex and trouble having erections. Think about it: hypothyroidism basically slows your whole body down. That often includes your sex drive.

A study comparing men with hypothyroidism to men without it found that men with hypothyroidism had significantly more instances of erectile dysfunction than men without the disease.

What should you do if you suspect that you have hypothyroidism?

You should talk with a trusted medical provider about your symptoms and request a test for your thyroid hormone levels. Many doctors will only recommend one test, but there are multiple tests that can determine in more detail what is going on with your thyroid.

There are several treatment options, including both synthetic and natural forms of thyroid hormones. Work with a doctor you trust, who will listen to your concerns, to determine the best treatment options for you.

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When should you work with a doctor to lose weight? http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/02/work-doctor-lose-weight/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/02/work-doctor-lose-weight/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:21:44 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1125 If you’re like most Americans who are trying to lose weight, you know it can be quite a challenge. Not only is it simply challenging to change up your diet and exercise habits, but there are often barriers to losing weight that may have more of an impact depending on the individual. You may want... Read More →

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Doctor and scale, should you work with a doctor to lose weightIf you’re like most Americans who are trying to lose weight, you know it can be quite a challenge. Not only is it simply challenging to change up your diet and exercise habits, but there are often barriers to losing weight that may have more of an impact depending on the individual.

You may want to consider working with your doctor (if you aren’t already) to help you figure out the most effective ways for you, personally, to lose weight. Getting to an optimal weight is often an important part of a generally healthy lifestyle. And your doctor will have insights that can help you focus your efforts!

 

If you want to lose more than 25 pounds

Losing 25 pounds or less? If that’s the case, and you’re only planning on losing 1% of your body weight per week, that’s something that you may be able to do without a doctor’s guidance. (For a woman at 150 pounds, 1% per week would mean losing 1.5 pounds a week. That would be 2 pounds a week for a man at 200 pounds.)

If you would like to lose more weight than that, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. First of all, your doctor can help you determine what a healthy goal weight is. Then, he or she can help you create a diet and exercise plan to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and exercising an appropriate amount.

If you have an underlying medical condition

If you have an underlying medical condition, you should speak with your doctor before you decide to go on that diet. Whether you have heart or lung disease, an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or some other medical condition, it’s in your best interest to talk with your doctor beforehand.

Why is that? Your doctor can help you streamline your efforts to lose weight without making any underlying condition worse. He or she can offer suggestions on how to exercise a healthy amount without causing injury or extreme fatigue.

Another reason is that any medication you’re on may affect how you’re able to lose weight and how much exercise you’re able to do.

Working with your doctor to lose weight can help you pursue health for your whole body—not just a number on a scale. If you’d like to talk about specific strategies you can implement to lose weight, let’s talk.

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Are you facing a weight-loss plateau? http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/02/facing-weight-loss-plateau/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/02/facing-weight-loss-plateau/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:45:30 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1122 If you’re making strides to eat well and exercise more, you might be frustrated to find your weight loss slowing and even stopping! That’s called a weight-loss plateau, and it’s not uncommon. There are several things that can contribute to a weight-loss plateau. If you’ve been losing weight but have reached a stopping point, you... Read More →

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Frustration with scale, weigh loss plateauIf you’re making strides to eat well and exercise more, you might be frustrated to find your weight loss slowing and even stopping! That’s called a weight-loss plateau, and it’s not uncommon. There are several things that can contribute to a weight-loss plateau.

If you’ve been losing weight but have reached a stopping point, you may want to look into these three elements that can lead to a weight-loss plateau.

Lifestyle

Are you getting enough sleep? Many people consider sleep to be something they can cut out if they get busy, but that could be slowing your weight loss down. Research shows that sleeping fewer than six hours per night (as opposed to the recommended eight) significantly reduces fat loss for dieters and makes them hungrier.

Stress can lead to unhealthy habits, like stress-eating and skipping your workout in favor of the newest sitcom episode. Consider a calming habit like meditation, which can often help with binge eating, emotional eating, and the overall amount you eat.

Hormonal issues

Some hormonal issues can contribute to a weight-loss plateau. If your thyroid isn’t functioning optimally, there’s a chance that the issue is keeping you from losing more weight.

Your growth hormone levels decrease as you get older, and that can also be a problem—HGH (human growth hormone) can contribute to fat loss. If you’re making less HGH, it’s harder to lose fat.

Low testosterone levels for men can make you lose muscle and gain fat. Higher estrogen levels for either men or women can contribute to weight gain. If you think your hormonal levels might be contributing to your weight-loss plateau, we can test to see what’s going on.

Insulin resistance

You’re probably already familiar with insulin—the hormone that should keep your blood glucose (sugar) at a normal level. But you may not know that your level of insulin sensitivity and resistance can affect your weight loss.

High levels of insulin resistance means that your cells are resisting insulin, so glucose isn’t being efficiently removed from your blood. Generally speaking, increasing your physical activity should decrease your insulin resistance, increasing your insulin sensitivity (which means you process glucose more efficiently). But if that’s not happening, you may want to speak with a healthcare professional to talk about what you can do about that.

I’m happy to talk with you about these or other contributing factors to your weight-loss plateau. Let’s set up an appointment to talk about improving your health.

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How smoking affects men’s health http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/01/smoking-affects-mens-health/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/01/smoking-affects-mens-health/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:45:16 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1112 You may already know about some of the health effects that smoking can cause: prematurely wrinkled skin, tobacco stains, discolored teeth, gum disease, bad breath, heart disease, COPD, and lung cancer, to name a few. But did you know that smoking has some specific effects on male health? They’re not good. Contributes to erectile dysfunction... Read More →

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smoking-man, smoking affects men's healthYou may already know about some of the health effects that smoking can cause: prematurely wrinkled skin, tobacco stains, discolored teeth, gum disease, bad breath, heart disease, COPD, and lung cancer, to name a few.

But did you know that smoking has some specific effects on male health? They’re not good.

Contributes to erectile dysfunction

Men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day have a 60% higher risk of erectile dysfunction than their peers who don’t smoke.

As a result of smoking, fat builds up inside your blood vessels. In addition to adding stress to your heart, this fat buildup can cause erectile dysfunction. Smoking can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction for men who have other existing risk factors for the condition, including high blood pressure.

Fortunately, the fat buildup will break down in most men after they stop smoking, so it’s often not a permanent effect of the habit.

Decreases libido and satisfaction

Smoking tends to decrease male desire for sex and satisfaction during sex, which is likely due in part to the link between smoking and erectile dysfunction.

In a recent study, couples who were being treated for infertility were asked to share how frequently they had sex. Couples in which the male smoked reported having sex half as often as couples in which the male did not smoke.

This could be due to many reasons, but it’s also worth noting that in this study, the men who smoked reported much less satisfaction with their sex life than the non-smoking men.

In addition to these effects, smoking may have a negative impact on male fertility and even on the health of any child conceived by parents who smoke.

If you find yourself frustrated by any of these issues, it may be worth looking into ways to quit smoking. Your doctor can help you determine which method is right for you.

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Losing sleep can slow down your weight loss http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/01/sleep-slow-weight-loss/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/01/sleep-slow-weight-loss/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:45:14 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1108 It can be easy to justify losing sleep when you have an especially busy week, or if you have a crucial project that comes up at the last minute. However, sacrificing your sleep can lead to several health issues, including slowing down your weight loss and even causing you to gain more weight. Losing even... Read More →

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sleepy-business-womanIt can be easy to justify losing sleep when you have an especially busy week, or if you have a crucial project that comes up at the last minute. However, sacrificing your sleep can lead to several health issues, including slowing down your weight loss and even causing you to gain more weight.

Losing even 30 minutes of sleep compared to what your body needs can make weight gain more likely. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your body automatically switches into survival mode, which can cause your metabolism to slow down.

There are some significant physical changes that occur when you are sleep-deprived. Here are a few that have the most impact on whether you lose or gain weight.

Change at the hormonal level

Two important hormones help you determine when to eat and when to stop eating. Ghrelin signals hunger, and leptin lets you know when you should stop eating.

When you aren’t getting enough sleep, ghrelin levels increase, and you feel hungrier more often. In addition to that, leptin levels decrease when you’re sleep-deprived—that means your body isn’t giving you reliable satiety cues to know when you should finish eating.

If you find that your dietary self-control is out of whack when you’re not sleeping well, it’s not just your imagination! To make matters worse, levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) understandably increase when you’re sleep-deprived, and that can also push you to make less-healthy food choices than you typically do.

Increased risk of weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes

There is also research that indicates sleep deprivation can be a risk factor for weight gain, insulin resistance, and even type 2 diabetes.

This effect builds up over time, but studies show that insulin resistance is affected immediately when you lose sleep. According to a recent study presented at the Endocrine Society’s national meeting, even losing 30 minutes of sleep each weekday may increase your risk of obesity and diabetes.

Michael Breus, PhD, a sleep specialist, notes that “when you’re stressed, your body tries to produce serotonin to calm you down. The easiest way to do that is by eating high-fat, high-carb foods that produce a neurochemical reaction.”

Getting too little sleep can have serious negative effects for your weight loss goals and your health in general.

What can you do?

Many people find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, and it’s often a challenge to find the time you need to sleep. Adults need between 7 and 9 hours each night, but the exact amount is different for each person.
Always changing the times you go to bed and wake up? That can put you at a higher risk for increased body fat and elevated insulin levels. Avoid that risk by setting a consistent bedtime and waking up at the same time, even on weekends.

Avoid using your bed for working or watching TV. Ideally, your bed should be for sleep and sex and nothing else. Minimize light from TVs, laptops, and your cellphone before you go to bed, as that light can trigger wakefulness.

You should also keep an eye out for any issues that might keep you from getting a restful night sleep. That can include food sensitivities, fibromyalgia, menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid issues, stress, depression, and heavy metal toxicity. If you think one of these issues is keeping you from getting the sleep you need, it’s a good idea to talk with a medical professional you trust.

It can be a challenge to get enough sleep, but sleeping well is important to achieving your weight loss goals, and it can improve your general health in other ways as well.

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Treating hypothyroidism naturally http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2016/12/treating-hypothyroidism-naturally/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2016/12/treating-hypothyroidism-naturally/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:45:42 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1088 Hypothyroidism, caused by a thyroid that doesn’t produce enough of the hormones your body needs, can create several medical issues. I’ve written before about the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and it’s something that does need to be treated. Untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to several complications. A common complication is a goiter—an enlargement of the thyroid gland... Read More →

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woman-in-lotus-poseHypothyroidism, caused by a thyroid that doesn’t produce enough of the hormones your body needs, can create several medical issues. I’ve written before about the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and it’s something that does need to be treated.

Untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to several complications. A common complication is a goiter—an enlargement of the thyroid gland that is visible on the neck. Mental health problems including depression and slowed mental functioning sometimes accompany hypothyroidism.

Infertility and birth defects may also arise from untreated hypothyroidism, as well as heart problems, neuropathy, and, in extreme cases, a life-threatening condition called Myxedema. Myxedema is characterized by extreme cold intolerance, drowsiness, significant lethargy and unconsciousness. It is a condition that requires emergency medical attention.

There are multiple drug options to treat the low hormone levels of hypothyroidism. But there are some natural routes you can take for treatment as well, including animal thyroid medications. Before you begin any treatment regimen, be sure to discuss your plans with a doctor so he or she can help you evaluate any complications.

What does it look like to naturally treat hypothyroidism?

Avoid gluten and a1 casein: Thyroid issues can be triggered by thyroid inflammation caused by a “leaky gut.” Gluten and a1 casein (a protein found in some dairy products) are common food intolerances that can contribute to this.

Get more selenium: This mineral has antioxidant properties and can be found in brazil nuts, beef, mushrooms, and onions.

Less sugar and grains, more healthy fats: Healthy fats help our body balance hormones. You can find them in plant products like coconut oil and milk, avocado, and chia, flax, and hemp seeds. Animal sources include wild salmon and grass-fed beef.

Consider Ashwagandha: This is an adaptogen herb, and it helps your body respond to stress. Other adaptogen herbs include rhodiola, holy basil, ginseng, and licorice root.

Reduce stress: Speaking of stress, mental stress does put physical stress and strain on your body. Find ways to relax by practicing yoga, deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and getting outside!

For more natural ways to treat hypothyroidism, give us a call. We’d love to talk with you about any diet and lifestyle adjustments that can help you live a healthier life.

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Hypothyroidism symptoms http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2016/12/hypothyroidism-symptoms/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2016/12/hypothyroidism-symptoms/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:45:02 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1084 Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones that your body needs. Unfortunately, some people’s thyroid glands do not produce enough of the thyroid hormones, which can create several negative physical effects. Wondering if you may have hypothyroidism? It’s a disease that typically comes on gradually, so you may not... Read More →

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always-coldYour thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones that your body needs. Unfortunately, some people’s thyroid glands do not produce enough of the thyroid hormones, which can create several negative physical effects.

Wondering if you may have hypothyroidism? It’s a disease that typically comes on gradually, so you may not notice the symptoms at first. Here are some of the more common ones.

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Impaired memory
  • For women: heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • For men: trouble maintaining an erection
  • Lethargy

Do you:

  • often need over eight hours of sleep at night?
  • always need to wear a sweater, even if nobody around you is cold?
  • have lower libido than you used to?
  • have trouble swallowing, or feel a lump in your throat?
  • find you have more difficulty remembering things?
  • struggle with infertility?
  • frequently have constipation or hard stools?

Obviously, many of these symptoms can and may be attributed to different physical ailments. But if you find that most or all of these symptoms fit your experience, I encourage you to talk to a doctor about your concerns.

There are a variety of possible causes for hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be the result of exposure to some common environmental toxins, having an autoimmune disease, going through radiation therapy, ingesting certain medications, and having thyroid surgery or treatment for hyperthyroidism (having too much thyroid hormone production).

There are a few groups of people who are at increased risk for hypothyroidism. These include people with an autoimmune disease, women older than 60, women who have been pregnant or delivered a baby within the last 6 months, and people who have a family history of thyroid disease.

Testing your thyroid hormone levels can help determine whether or not you have hypothyroidism. If you have many of these symptoms, we’d be happy to talk with you about testing and treatment options.

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