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What is thyroid hormone?

Thyroid hormone is produced in the thyroid gland. It regulates temperature, metabolism and brain function. It increases fat breakdown resulting in weight loss and lower cholesterol. This helps protect against cardiovascular disease. Thyroid hormone improves brain cell metabolism and prevents cognitive impairment. It also functions to support the skin, hair and nails. Thyroid hormone affects every cell in the human body.

Thyroid hormone is produced as T-4 in the thyroid gland. In your body T-4 is converted to the active form of thyroid hormone called T-3. As we age, the production of T-4 diminishes; the conversion to T-3 becomes less effective, and the receptor cells may become less sensitive to thyroid hormone. This will results in an overall decline in thyroid hormone function that will adversely affect every organ in the body.

 Symptoms of low thyroid hormone include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance
  • Slow thinking
  • Mental confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Arthritis-like pain
  • Susceptibility to colds and infections

Many of these symptoms are considered to be a normal part of aging. Thyroid function declines with age, similar to other hormones. Research has shown that improving thyroid hormone levels will alleviate many of the symptoms of thyroid insufficiency and allow our bodies to function more effectively and efficiently.

What can thyroid hormone replacement do for me?

  • Increase energy 
  • Improve mental clarity
  • Help maintain healthy weight
  • Improve constipation and cold intolerance
  • Restore hair growth
  • Relieve dry skin and thin nails
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol

Bioidentical Thyroid hormone replacement with a combination of T-4 and T-3 together can result in clinical improvement and resolution of low thyroid symptoms.