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The Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland is located in the neck and produces a primary hormone which stimulates every cell in the body. Thyroid problems are one of the most common and under-diagnosed health conditions, especially in women.
Thyroid function decreases with age and an underactive thyroid is most common in peri-menopausal and post menopausal women.
If the thyroid gland secretes too much hormone then hyperthyroidism results.
If too little of the hormone is produced then hypothyroidism will result.
Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include
Dry and coarse skin
Heavy and irregular periods
Oedema of the eyelids
Frequent bowel movements
Increased sweating and thirst
Intolerance to warmth and heat
Rapid heart rate
Shortness of breath
Trembling of the tongue
The thyroid gland can be adversely affected by
* Chronic stress
* Endurance exercise
* Excessive consumption of saturated fats
* Fluoride in water
* Heavy metal toxicity
* Nutrient deficiencies (iodine, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, tyrosine)
* Pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables
* Poor diet
* Radiation from x-rays
What is the thyroid hormone profile test?
Thyroid hormone profile test measures the amount of thyroid hormones and is an indicator of thyroid activity and thyroid health.
How is the test performed?
One blood specimen is required.
The results of the thyroid hormone profile test allow for corrective treatment plans that include the use of foods and supplements specific for enhancing thyroid status.