Thyroid hormones control your body’s metabolism rate. If you are experiencing weight gain, fatigue, and feeling down, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism – a medical condition in which your body isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism affects one to two percent of people worldwide and is ten times more likely to afflict women – especially those who are struggling with infertility.
Hypothyroidism & Metabolism
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of two thyroid hormones – Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). The thyroid gland is a small organ at the base of the throat that is regulates your metabolism.
- Your metabolism affects your body’s temperature and at what rate you burn calories.
- Women suffering from hypothyroidism often feel cold, in addition to having trouble losing weight and feeling fatigued.
- The thyroid hormone helps control the speed of your metabolism.
- The faster your metabolism, the more calories your body burns at rest.
- Women with hypothyroidism make less thyroid hormone.
- A slower metabolism equals burning fewer calories at rest.
Having a slow metabolism comes with several health risks. It may leave you tired, increase your blood cholesterol levels, and make it harder for you to lose weight.
Moderate to high intensity cardio exercise can increase your metabolism.
A high protein diet can also help to increase the rate of your metabolism.
Comprehensive Hypothyroidism Testing
Thyroid Blood Tests
- Total and Free T4
- Total and Free T3
- Reverse T3
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D3
- Cholesterol Levels
Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
BBT tests the body’s metabolic rate. The thyroid gland controls the metabolism of each and every cell in the human body. If there is not enough active thyroid hormone (T3) getting into the cells, the cellular metabolic rate will be slow – reflecting a low BBT. A BBT of less than 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit upon awakening is diagnostic for hypothyroidism.
Thyroflex Nerve Conduction Velocity Test
The speed of nerve conduction is a little known and underutilized method of testing and diagnosing hypothyroidism. Thyroflex testing is also optimal for determining thyroid medication dosage for symptomatic patients.
- A tendon reflex is a movement of a muscle caused by the stimulation of a nerve that controls the muscle and causes it to move involuntarily.
- The speed at which this reaction occurs is an indicator of cellular function.
- The lower the speed of conduction, the lower the cellular energy and function.
- Cellular function is ultimately controlled by T3, the most biologically active thyroid hormone.
- Low levels of T3 within the cells of the body result in diminished cellular function, which ultimately cause people to suffer with the clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism.
- A slow rate of nerve conduction demonstrates low cellular function and confirms a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism Therapy Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick pays close attention to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism – a commonly undiagnosed condition among women suffering from infertility.
Your initial consultation with the Doctor can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
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