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We preform full spectrum thyroid testing and provide personalized thyroid medication. Detailed Thyroid care results in increased energy, mental sharpness, and healthy weight loss. Contact Anti-Aging Northwest to get your life back on track. Get comprehensive thyroid testing and get the answers you need.
What is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is a gland that is located in the throat on either side of the windpipe and it has many important functions in the human body. These include: energy production, metabolism, cardiovascular function, temperature regulation, gastrointestinal motility, and the maintenance of the health of the skin, hair and nails.
Thyroid Hormone Balancing
Thyroid hormone imbalance is slowly becoming one of the most commonly diagnosed hormone imbalances in the United States. It is estimated that over 5% of the American population has hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid.
Also on the rise in the U.S., is an autoimmune inflammatory condition of the thyroid gland called thyroiditis, otherwise known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. While the process by which thyroiditis develops is multi-factorial, this disease seems to be caused mostly by chronic body-wide inflammation or environmental exposures, like heavy metals. These factors eventually cause the body’s immune system to become hyperactive and cause destruction of the thyroid gland.
Comprehensive Thyroid Management
The thyroid gland is an important organ that helps regulates body metabolism. It is located in the front of the neck just below the voice box. The thyroid gland secretes two main thyroid hormones – thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The secretion of T3 and T4 by the thyroid is controlled by the Pituitary gland, a small organ at the base of the brain, and the Hypothalamus, a structure in the brain. The pituitary gland secretes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to facilitate the release of thyroid hormone (T3 and T4).
- Regulates metabolic process of the body
- Helps maintain healthy body weight
- Increases heart rate and helps with contraction of the heart
- Helps stimulate red blood cell formations
- Regulates body temperature
- Stimulates body to produce specific proteins and enzymes
- Helps with sleep and wakening
- Essential for bone development
- Difficulty waking in the morning
- Dry Skin
- Brittle Hair
- Memory and concentration
- Problems with ability to lose weight
- Weight gain
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Cold temperature-especially hands and feet
- High blood pressure or hypertension
- Agitation or anxiety
- Excessive weight loss
- Eye Pain or swelling
- Increased heart rate
- Increased appetite
Fasting Required: No
Results: 2-3 Business Days
Free T3: This test is used to evaluate thyroid function. It is primarily used to diagnose hyperthyroidism. It is also used to assess abnormal binding protein disorders and to monitor thyroid replacement and suppressive therapy .
Free T4: This test is used to evaluate thyroid function in individuals who may have protein abnormalities that could affect total T4 levels. It is used to evaluate thyroid function and monitor replacement and suppressive therapy.
TSH: The best way to initially test thyroid function is to measure the TSH level in a blood sample. A high TSH level indicates that the thyroid gland is failing because of a problem that is directly affecting the thyroid (primary hypothyroidism). The opposite situation, in which the TSH level is low, usually indicates that the person has an overactive thyroid that is producing too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Occasionally, a low TSH may result from an abnormality in the pituitary gland, which prevents it from making enough TSH to stimulate the thyroid (secondary hypothyroidism). In most healthy individuals, a normal TSH value means that the thyroid is functioning normally.