Working in a wellness focused practice, I often get asked about thyroid health and its impact on weight. Your thyroid is a key player in regulating your metabolism, so understanding how it works and what a full thyroid panel includes can be really helpful. Let’s dive into the details!

Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction

When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to a variety of symptoms that significantly impact your day-to-day. Here’s what you might experience:

Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid):

If you have an underactive thyroid, you might feel unusually tired and lack energy, even after a good night’s sleep. You might notice unexplained weight gain or find it difficult to lose weight despite a healthy diet and exercise. Feeling excessively cold or having cold hands and feet is common. Your skin may become dry and flaky, and your hair might become brittle and fall out. Slower digestive processes can lead to constipation. You may feel low, depressed, or experience mood swings. Concentration might be difficult, and you could have memory problems. Muscle weakness, cramps, or joint pain are also typical.

Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid):

On the other hand, if your thyroid is overactive, you might experience unintended weight loss despite an increased appetite. You could feel excessively warm or sweat more than usual. Rapid heart rate or palpitations might be a daily occurrence. Feeling anxious, irritable, or nervous is common. Sleep disturbances, such as difficulty sleeping or insomnia, can affect you. You might notice your hands shaking or experience fine tremors. More frequent bowel movements or diarrhea can be an issue. Additionally, you may notice thinning hair or hair loss.

Understanding these symptoms can help you identify potential thyroid issues early and seek appropriate treatment to manage your health effectively.

Understanding a Full Thyroid Panel

A full thyroid panel gives a comprehensive picture of your thyroid health. While many doctors only test for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), we believe in a more in-depth approach to uncovering thyroid issues. We like to go beyond the basics to really gain insight into your personal health. Here’s what it typically includes:

  TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): This is often the first test to see if your thyroid is working properly. High or low levels can indicate if your thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism).

  Free T4 (Thyroxine): This measures the inactive form of the thyroid hormone in your blood.

  Free T3 (Triiodothyronine): This measures the active form of the thyroid hormone, which is crucial for your metabolism.

  Reverse T3: This helps diagnose issues that aren’t visible with just T3 and T4 levels, often related to stress or illness.-

 Thyroid Antibodies (TPO- and TgAb): These tests check for autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease, where your immune system attacks your thyroid.

Why Do We Check All These?

Each part of the thyroid panel gives us important information:

  TSH shows us the overall health of your thyroid.

  Free T4 and Free T3 tell us how well your thyroid is producing and converting hormones.

  Reverse T3 helps us catch issues that aren’t obvious from just T3 and T4 levels.

  Thyroid antibodies let us know if an autoimmune condition is affecting your thyroid and metabolism.

This comprehensive testing dives deep and allows us to accurately diagnose and treat thyroid dysfunction ensuring you receive the most effective care possible.

Ready to learn about how your thyroid function could be impacting your life?

A full thyroid panel can give us valuable insights into your metabolic health, and our personalized guidance can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Schedule a thyroid check or weight loss consultation with us today to get started on a plan tailored just for you!

We’re here to support you every step of the way. Give us a call at 609-402-4900 or visit our website at to book your appointment.

Here’s to a healthier, happier you this summer!

Susan and the Balanced Health Team

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