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Hypothyroidism: A condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. This is also known as an underactive thyroid.
- 4.6% of people over the age of 12 have hypothyroidism and it’s more common in women
- Some symptoms of hypothyroidism may include: fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation & hair loss
Hyperthyroidism: A condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine
- Much less common than hypothyroidism
- Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include: anxiety, weight loss, rapid heart rate, frequent bowel movements & restlessness
What is the job of the thyroid gland in the body?
The thyroid is a small gland located in the throat that produces thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism including how it creates and uses energy.
What are some factors that can affect thyroid function?
Thyroid function can be affected by nutritional deficiencies including iodine & selenium and by exposure to toxic elements including bromine, arsenic, selenium, mercury & cadmium.
Who should test their thyroid function?
Routine screening is recommended for those experiencing symptoms such as: weight gain or inability to gain weight, feeling cold all the time, low energy, hair loss, irregular bowel movements or depression. Testing thyroid function is also recommended for individuals over the age of 50, anyone with a family history of thyroid disorders and those with autoimmune disorders.
- Free Thyroxine, Often Referred to as Free T4, is One of the More Predominant Hormones Produced by the Thyroid Gland and Helps the Rate at Which the Body Uses Energy
- Thyroid Hormone Imbalance Can Lead to Weight Fluctuations, Irritability, Depression, Fatigue and More
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- Results Available Approximately 5 to 7 Business Days Upon Receipt of Sample at the Lab
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