Understanding the Role of Your Thyroid in Your Body

Understanding the Role of Your Thyroid in Your Body

Your thyroid is a small, bowtie-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck. It secretes hormones that control your metabolism — a process that influences everything from body temperature to body weight.

If your thyroid makes the right amount of hormones, you probably feel good overall. But if your thyroid isn’t working as it should, your health might suffer.

As a hormone specialist, Brian Lamkin, DO, understands the impact thyroid health has on your overall well-being. That’s why he specializes in thyroid hormone optimization at The Lamkin Clinic.

Here’s what you need to know about what your thyroid does and how to know if something’s wrong.

The role of your thyroid

Your thyroid is part of your endocrine system: a complex network of organs called glands that make and distribute hormones throughout your body. Hormones control nearly every bodily process, and different hormones control different processes.

Two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4) regulate your metabolism, which is the process your body uses to convert food into energy. These hormones affect your body weight, temperature, heart rate, and energy level, among many other things.

Another hormone called the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) isn’t actually made in your thyroid, but it tells your thyroid how much of other hormones to make. TSH levels that are too high or too low can negatively impact your thyroid hormone levels, the processes they control, and your overall well-being.

Signs of a thyroid problem

Thyroid disease develops when your thyroid produces too much or too little key thyroid hormones. Because your thyroid regulates so many bodily functions, thyroid problems can cause many bothersome symptoms.

Hypothyroidism symptoms 

If you have hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), your thyroid doesn’t make enough hormones. It causes symptoms like:

These symptoms often come on slowly, and you might not notice them immediately. Without treatment, your thyroid imbalance worsens, and symptoms may get more severe.

Hyperthyroidism symptoms

If you have hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), your thyroid makes too much of certain hormones. Symptoms can include:

Like the symptoms of hypothyroidism, these symptoms may appear slowly at first. The longer hyperthyroidism goes untreated, the worse your symptoms may get.

Find balance with thyroid optimization

Do any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you? You could be one of the nearly 20 million Americans with thyroid disease — and our team at The Lamkin Clinic can help you find the treatment that works.

We start with a comprehensive physical exam and lab analysis, along with a thorough review of your medical history and symptoms. Your lab analysis blood work includes:

Dr. Lamkin reviews your lab results to determine the type of thyroid condition you have, its severity, and what your best treatment options may be. He discusses the results with you to develop a treatment plan.

Over the coming months, we will monitor your thyroid hormone levels and adjust as needed to achieve balance and relieve your symptoms.

Your thyroid gland is small, but its impact is felt throughout your body. If you’re bothered by symptoms of thyroid disease, don’t suffer in silence. Schedule a hormone evaluation at The Lamkin Center to find out what’s wrong and start your journey to better wellness.

Request an appointment online or call our Edmond, Oklahoma, office at 405-285-4762 today.

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