Thyroid Problems and Men's Health
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Do you find yourself feeling fatigued for the majority of the day? Are you struggling with your sexual health? Have you started to experience hair loss? Your thyroid wellness is likely the culprit behind many of these conditions. Hypothyroidism research has shown that at least 16% of men will experience thyroid wellness imbalances, and the risk only increases as you get older.
How Do Thyroid Problems Impact You?
Hypothyroidism Impacts 16% of men
Thyroid wellness is important because thyroid hormones control metabolism by regulating the rate at which cells function and facilitate the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. While women typically experience thyroid problems more than men, there has been a significant increase in hypothyroidism in men over the last decade. Quality testing methods have helped to identify hormonal imbalances, allowing us to identify the source of your problems, and start improving your health. How do you know if you have a thyroid issue? Here are some of the most common symptoms of thyroid disorders in men:
- High Cholesterol
- Foggy thinking
- Decreased libido
- Low confidence and self-esteem
- Decreased testosterone levels
- Hair loss
- Weight loss or gain
Treatments for Thyroid Wellness
We traditionally treat thyroid problems with a form of hormone replacement therapy. Depending upon your specific condition, we may include other treatments such as nutritional adjustments, supplements, and exercises to improve the body. Patients will undergo thyroid wellness testing, health screenings, and examinations to find out how your thyroid is functioning. Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy treatment will focus on treating hypothyroidism as they are structurally identical to your body’s hormones. Bioidentical hormones will optimize cell receptor function, helping to restore balance to the thyroid and to your body.
Understanding Hypothyroidism in Men
The thyroid produces several hormones that control your metabolism, including thyroxine, triiodothyronine, and calcitonin. Regeneration Health uses a functional medicine approach to identify problems with the thyroid and other hormonal and nutritional imbalances. We go beyond the symptoms to look for the root cause of issues and provide patients with effective treatments that offer results.
My doctor performed a thyroid test and said I was fine?
The majority of clinics and hospitals will test for TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) with a lab screening test. While TSH testing can identify thyroid problems, it is only one element in a complete thyroid health screening. We do a comprehensive thyroid panel to determine hormone levels that include:
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Reverse T3
- Thyroid antibodies
When we can identify where the thyroid is lacking, we can use the correct treatments to start driving your body’s metabolism.
What is causing thyroid dysfunction?
Following our initial thyroid screening, our experts will create a personalized patient treatment program to help the thyroid function properly. What most people do not realize is how the thyroid is linked to other areas of the body, and the underlying problems could be caused by gut health, inflammation, adrenal fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, stress, and lack of sleep.
What are the risk factors for thyroid problems?
Immune system changes, age, family history, and autoimmune diseases are all related to the development of thyroid problems.
What happens if I do not treat hypothyroidism?
When left untreated, hypothyroidism will lead to several problems, including goiters, heart problems, mental health problems, infertility, and peripheral neuropathy.
How can I keep my thyroid healthy?
While we recommend visiting our office to undergo a thyroid health screening, there are other things you can do to improve the health of your thyroid. Daily exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting stress can help the thyroid. Some foods can assist in maintaining a healthier thyroid such as a diet rich in lean proteins, antioxidant-rich foods, fiber-rich foods, and foods high in omega-3s.
If you have been struggling with any of the above symptoms or you are concerned about your thyroid wellness, contact our Ogden health clinic today. At Regeneration Health, we treat your body as a whole. Let us help you improve your day-to-day life with natural, effective, and safe treatments for thyroid wellness.