EVERYTHING IS NOT NORMAL: Underestimating the Power of Our Thyroid Gland!
By Shawn Dalton-Bethea, M.D. of Greensboro Rejuvenation
“We didn’t see anything wrong with your lab results.” “Your blood work looks fine.” How many times have you heard these statements yet you continue with significant symptoms?
Endocrine glands are glands that secrete their chemical products, called hormones, directly into the blood, rather than through a duct. These hormones regulate the activity of our cells and organs. The thyroid gland serves a large role in our endocrine system.
The most common blood markers, used to determine thyroid metabolism, are TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T4 (thyroxine). Unfortunately, these 2 markers do not give enough information to determine our individual “OPTIMAL” thyroid metabolism.
A growing number of people suffer from a thyroid which is not functioning at its OPTIMAL level. This is EVEN with taking high doses of Synthroid, Levothyroxine, Tirosint, Levoxyl, Unithroid, or Levo-T. A disconnect exists!
Common complaints, related to the thyroid gland, even with “normal” TSH and T4 levels, include the following:
• Fatigue/low energy
• Require frequent naps
• Increased sensitivity to cold
• Dry skin
• Weight gain or inability to lose weight
• Puffy face
• Muscle weakness
• Elevated blood cholesterol level
• Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
• Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
• Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
• Thinning hair
• Impaired memory and cognition
When your sub-optimal thyroid function is not addressed, symptoms can gradually become more severe and contribute to other preventable medical problems!
Important thyroid blood tests include: Free Triiodothyronine T3, Reverse T3, Free Thyroxine T4, Thyroglobulin antibody (TA), Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO), and TSH. These tests help to determine conversion block of your T4 hormone to active T3 hormone.
In conversion blocks, T4 breaks down to the inactive reverse T3, instead of the active T3. This is a BIG reason for the inability to lose weight! TPO and TA assess autoimmune and cancer attacks on your thyroid.
Stress, infections, trauma, radiation, certain medicines, fl uoride, pesticides, mercury, cadmium, lead, and celiac disease inhibit proper production of thyroid hormone. Stress, trauma, too low calorie diet, infl ammation, toxins, infection, liver and kidney dysfunction, and certain medicines can
increase conversion of free T4 to reverse T3 (inactive form). Zinc and selenium convert free T4 to active T3 hormone. Exercise, Vitamin A and zinc improve cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormone.
Zinc, selenium, as well as iron, iodine, tyrosine, vitamins B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E promote proper production of thyroid hormone. You can maximize your thyroid function and get your life back! Call us or email us today to schedule your blood draw with the clinical team, as well as your consultation with Dr. Bethea!
Shawn Dalton-Bethea, MD, ABPM
1001 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
The Center For Integrative Health & Wellness www.gsorejuvenation.com