Hypothyroidism

Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes -  - Endocrinologist

Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes

Endocrinologists located in Dallas, TX & Grand Prairie, TX

Hypothyroidism affects around 4.6% of Americans aged 12 and above. That’s almost five out of every 100 people. Although you can’t prevent it, the team at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes provides testing to diagnose your condition and can help you manage your symptoms. Call the Dallas, Grand Prairie, or Mansfield, Texas office location or use the online scheduler to book your appointment and learn more about how to control your hypothyroidism before developing further complications.

Hypothyroidism

What is hypothyroidism?

If you have hypothyroidism, your body has an underactive thyroid gland that doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone regulates a wide range of body functions like your metabolism, heart function, and muscle control. 

When your body doesn’t have enough thyroid hormone, it burns through energy at a slower rate than it should. 

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Since your body uses the thyroid hormone to regulate so many different body processes, an underactive thyroid can cause a number of symptoms, like:

  • Fatigue
  • Extreme weight gain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Decreased sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of libido

 

Women with hypothyroidism may also experience heavy, frequent menstruation. 

Hypothyroidism develops slowly, and symptoms vary from patient to patient. Most symptoms are also common to other diseases, which leads to misdiagnosis or patients ignoring the signs of their condition. 

However, if you don’t address your hypothyroidism, it can lead to a number of life-threatening complications. Hypothyroidism that progresses to an advanced stage can affect major organ systems like your:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Renal system
  • Reproductive system
  • Nervous system

 

In some patients, abnormal thyroid function can also lead to slowed cognitive function and severe depression.

What treatment options are available for hypothyroidism?

The team at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes diagnoses your condition using blood tests to measure the levels of the hormone thyroxine and thyroid-stimulating hormone in your blood.

Once we confirm that you do have hypothyroidism, then we try to find the cause your low thyroid. Then we design a thyroid hormone replacement plan that is optimal for you.  We utilize all formulations of thyroid hormone replacement including liquid Tirosint, forms of levothyroxine (T4), forms of liothyroinine (T3), combination medications (e.g, Naturethroid), as well as Armour Thyroid.

Monitoring more than just your TSH, your specialist will keep a dedicated watch of your condition and adjust your dosage as your symptoms and blood work dictate.

Along with replacement of your thyroid hormones, your specialist may also suggest dietary changes like adding foods or supplements rich in iodine, zinc or selenium to improve your thyroid function. They may also advise you to cut out foods and irritants that may be exacerbating your immune system.

If you notice symptoms that might suggest you have hypothyroidism, get tested and learn how to manage your condition by calling Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes or use the online scheduler to book your appointment today.