For a growing number of women (and men), Thyroid hormone imbalances can feel like a frustrating battle with few answers or real solutions. Some of the common red-flag warning signs of Low Thyroid function include:
- Zero Metabolism
- Inability to Lose Weight
- Life-Altering Chronic Fatigue
- Brain Fog & Memory Issues
- Depression & Anxiety
- Digestive Problems (Especially Constipation)
- Cold Hands/Feet
- Brittle Hair/Nails
- Hair Loss
- Dry Skin
Currently, The American Associate of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) estimates that over 20 million American’s suffer from Hypothyroidism; the large majority of this number being women. What complicates matters is that only approximately half of people with Thyroid disease have been diagnosed. Meaning the other half is considered sub-clinical –they have all the familiar symptoms, but their blood work hasn’t gotten bad enough to officially be diagnosed.
This leads to many stories I hear every week from frustrated women who have been to their doctor, explained all the symptoms they are experiencing, only to be told that their blood work is normal or it must be in their head.
Allow me to validate your claims for a second if I may: You’re not crazy and it’s not in your head.
The reality is that the numbers listed above are conservative and many experts believe that as much as 90% of women over the age of 40 have sub-clinical or undiagnosed Thyroid disease.
A large part of the problem is that doctors are not running the thorough lab tests required to adequately make sense of a person’s Thyroid symptoms. Most Thyroid lab panels measure only TSH and T4 levels. This is enough to tell you IF your have a Thyroid problem, but not WHERE that problem lies within your body. (Watch my video to learn more: The 3 Main Causes of Thyroid Problems that Nearly Everyone is Missing).
Thyroid function is a complicated topic and there are many other organs and systems of the body that play a role in Thyroid hormone balance. This is why the right testing is needed to determine where the problem lies.
The next problem is that by-and-large, the treatment option remains the same for most women with low Thyroid symptoms: T4 replacement hormone medication. Yes, the brand-name labels may vary from pharmaceutical company to pharmaceutical company, but ultimately its the same intervention.
While this approach may make your blood work appear better, it often does little to change your symptoms.
The final problem has to do with something called the 80-80-80 approximation, and it goes like this:
- Approximately, 80% of all thyroid cases occur in women.
- 80% of those women have a low or hypothyroid condition.
- 80% of those women have an autoimmune thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
One of the big reasons T4 replacement medication doesn’t work for a large majority of women is because they are autoimmune. An autoimmune condition means that the thyroid is dysfunctioning because it is being attacked by the immune system. Taking more synthetic T4 hormone will do little-to-nothing to correct this because it is mostly a gut-based issue.
The good news is that REAL answers do exist.
Only by going up-stream and addressing underlying root-CAUSE of the problem will we ever be able to fully regain our health again. This process involves a whole-body approach designed to support cellular health, detox the body, reduce inflammation, and heal the gut. It requires the right lab testing and a 1-on-1 customized approach designed to fit the individuals needs and health goals.
If this approach makes sense to you and you’re ready to take a new path, I would encourage you to take the first step by clicking the button below and setting up a free 20-minute phone consult.