The Truth About The Causes of Hypothyroidism
One of the basic questions patients with an underactive thyroid have is, what causes hypothyroidism?
On the surface, the condition is caused by a hormone deficiency when your thyroid gland is no longer able to produce enough active hormone to support cellular and biological functions. However, the process of fixing this problem is more complicated than it appears.
A Breakdown in the Domino Effect
In truth, there’s always a bit of a lapse between when the thyroid hormone is produced and when it is used as a means of cellular support. Conversion and hormone transport take time, sometimes not occurring until the hormone building blocks are already housed in your cells.
To find the break in this chain reaction that causes hypothyroidism, you have to reset the entire domino effect. That is what makes treating the condition so difficult. It’s not a matter of just fixing one broken link; you have to reconfigure an entire natural biological process.
An endocrinologist will tell you that this reconfiguration requires more than repeated, often inaccurate blood tests and hormone supplementation. For treatment to have a lasting effect, you have to locate and treat the root cause of the problem.
Tracing the Problem to its Root
Elevated Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels may indicate that your body’s trying to naturally supplement a hormone deficiency, but testing that level alone doesn’t tell you where the real problem lies.
The best way to find the cause of this deficiency is to look at how a healthy thyroid gland is meant to function. There are three different building blocks that need to be reset if hypothyroidism develops.
- Dietary components like protein and iodine
- Elevated estrogen
- Decreased progesterone
Iodine is essential to fueling your thyroid hormone production. Excessive estrogen can inhibit the gland from secreting the converted hormones, while progesterone deficiency doesn’t allow enzymatic reactions to take place that would activate the hormone at the cellular level.
Following a cookie-cutter supplementation schedule or trying to supplement the missing links independently doesn’t work. You need a customized solution designed by a specialist to address your particular type of hypothyroidism.
Talk to an endocrinologist and get a custom-built treatment plan as soon as possible. Get it right and your TSH levels will stabilize on their own.
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