Twelve percent of people, 1 out of every 8 people, will have a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime. Of those with thyroid disease, sixty percent are unaware that they have it. Considering these numbers, you have a 1 in 14 chance of having thyroid disease without even knowing it.
So what is the thyroid and what problems can a dysfunctional thyroid cause? The thyroid gland is a hormone in the neck that controls how quickly the body uses metabolizes energy. Simply put, the more thyroid hormone you have working, the more you will metabolize energy. Thyroid dysfunction comes in the forms of both too much and too little.
- Hypothyroid: An under-active thyroid metabolizes less energy, which can cause you to gain weight, suffer chronic fatigue, or often feel cold. This is more common in women and can also contribute to feelings of depression.
- Hyperthyroid: An over-active thyroid will metabolize more energy, making you feel restless, causing undesired weight loss, and feeling hot.
What Can You Do?
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are easily treatable with medications, and some dietary and lifestyle adjustments can potentially be beneficial as well. In addition to Baseline’s basic thyroid screening, WellnessFX has just rolled out a comprehensive thyroid panel which includes numerous biomarkers that evaluate your thyroid.
Q: Why do we test so many? A: Like with any potential health problem, you can take the most specific action based on the most specific information.
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