Article written by Dr Katya Mishanina
Hypothyroidism (or low thyroid function) is a common condition with 10% of women over the age of 60 affected by this condition. Although men are also affected, 8 times more women suffer from this condition.
Onset tends to be insidious and may go undiagnosed for years. The thyroid gland is involved in regulating metabolism. Therefore, low thyroid function causes your body to slow down and can affect everything from energy levels to bowel movements. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause serious health complications.
Symptoms (what you experience) may include:
Signs(what can be observed/measured) may include
The various forms of hypothyroidism have different causes.
A number of blood tests that can help clarify the diagnosis and assess the thyroid function.
We use a combination of nutritional, lifestyle, homeopathic and herbal interventions to support the patient with their symptoms and to address the underlying problem whenever possible. Natural desiccated thyroid supplementation may also be used where indicated. Please follow this link to read more about our approach
Who shall I see?
After you initial consultation, we recommend that you have regular checkups to monitor your symptoms and blood tests where necessary.
Depending on your needs, your care may be shared with other practitioners at the natural practice or elsewhere. Whenever you permit us, we will write to your GP to ensure they are aware of our recommendations and follow up arrangements.
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