Hypothyroidism affects millions of Americans, most of whom are women. The majority of cases are caused by an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s, a disease in which the immune system begins to attack the body’s own thyroid gland. We therefore use both thyroid-supporting as well as immune-balancing approaches when caring for our patients affected by hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:
- Brain fog or poor memory
- Difficulty losing weight or unexplained weight gain
- Dry skin and/or brittle nails
- Thinning hair or shortening of eyebrows
- Depression and mood imbalances
- Feeling cold all the time
- Heavy or irregular menses
- High cholesterol levels
Hyperthyroidism refers to a state in which the thyroid is over-functioning. This often happens in an autoimmune condition known as Grave’s Disease. Although it’s less common than hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause a heart attack. For this reason, we treat hyperthyroidism very mindfully and thoroughly.