The thyroid is a small gland located at the front of the neck, close to the Adam’s apple and windpipe. Many people suffer from thyroid disorders caused by irregularities in the production of the thyroid hormones. While women are more likely to experience thyroid issues than men, especially conditions related to autoimmune disease, men do experience them as well.
Disorders of the thyroid can be quite serious because thyroid hormones control major bodily functions including heartrate and metabolism. Since the repercussions of thyroid disorders can be quite serious, it is important to treat them as soon as they are detected. Thyroid disorders are generally classified into two categories: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also called BHRT, offers excellent treatment options for thyroid disorders. BHRT can be used to bring your endocrine system back into balance and treat many of the symptoms associated with thyroid disorders.
Hypothyroidism is the name of the disorder that occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Some symptoms of hypothyroidism include constipation, joint pain, inexplicable weight gain, lackluster skin, decreased heartrate, heavy periods and facial swelling. The symptoms of hypothyroidism may take years to develop as the thyroid slowly becomes less efficient.
Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism. It is categorized by the excessive production of thyroid hormone. Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism include inexplicable weight loss, increased appetite, accelerated or irregular heartrate, difficulty sleeping, diarrhea and light periods. Those with hyperthyroidism also have an increased risk of osteoporosis. Hyperthyroidism is often caused by Graves’ disease.
While thyroid disorders may come in different forms with different causes, the two most common causes are autoimmune conditions called Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
The autoimmune disease that is a common cause of hyperthyroidism is called Graves’ disease. It is often triggered during the immune system’s response to some sort of infection. Graves’ disease can also lead to an eye condition called Graves’ ophthalmopathy, which causes the eyes and eye sockets to swell. Because of this, people with Graves’ disease often have seemingly bulging eyes.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the body’s attack of its own thyroid gland. The cause of Hashimoto’s is currently unidentifiable, but patterns show that women who have recently given birth or have a family history of this disease are the most susceptible.
This disorder slows or halts the production of the thyroid hormone, leading to hypothyroidism. This disease often goes unnoticed for years and may show itself through a goiter, which is simply an enlarged thyroid.
Some common treatment option for thyroid conditions include radiation, thyroid removal, various prescription medications and radioactive iodine (RAI). These invasive treatments can really wear on your body. When your body is already struggling with a disorder or disease, it is best to have as much mercy as possible while still effectively fighting the issue at hand.
Since BHRT offers a natural treatment option, it is often the option that many people choose. BHRT supplies your body with natural bioidentical hormones. These are hormones that are chemically identical to the ones naturally produced by your own body. Bioidentical hormones are preferable over synthetic hormones, which contain added chemicals that are no good for your body.
One reason that BHRT is a popular and effective treatment option is that it treats hormone imbalances that result from, accompany or cause thyroid disorders. For example, estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance is common in people with thyroid disorders. This means that there is too much estrogen in relationship to other hormones. Progesterone bioidentical hormones can be used to counteract this imbalance, bringing your overall hormone levels back into balance and reducing the symptoms of your thyroid disorder.
Many of the alternative treatment options are much more invasive and unnatural than Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. If you are looking for a natural, less invasive alternative, contact the BHRT specialists on our directory today. They’ll review your symptoms, medical history and hormone profile to create a wellness plan that treats your thyroid condition and gets you back to feeling well.
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