Thyroid Awareness Month: Basics, Early Warning Signs in 2022 | True Health

Thyroid Awarness

We begin the new year with the hope of bringing change to our lives. Given the current circumstances, most of us have now put healthcare at the top of our priority list, and understandably. so, In this article T

Thyroid Awareness Month, we are going to learn about our thyroid and the potential health issues around it.

You may wonder why it’s necessary to educate oneself about the thyroid?

As researched and published by the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid-related disorder. It is daunting to note that, of this, 60 percent of these patients are not even aware of their medical condition.  For all of the obvious reasons, these statistics are alarming and concerning to us all. The role played by the thyroid gland in our body is indispensable. As such, it is quite important that we have a basic understanding as well as early warning signs and related diagnostic tests.

Basics About Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front base of your neck. The synthesis of thyroid hormones is a critical function of this gland. The hormones produced in this gland are crucial for the functionality of our liver, kidney, brain, and heart. It also keeps the metabolism up and running.

Early Warning Signs of Thyroid Dysfunctionality 

The real problem commences when this gland produces thyroid hormones in excess or deficit amounts.

When our body is unable to produce sufficient thyroid hormone we suffer from a condition called hypothyroidism. Common symptoms of a person suffering from hypothyroidism are weight gain, fatigue, and depression. Additionally, constipation and hair loss can also notice.

Another condition, hyperthyroidism, can occur when the body creates an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. Weight loss, vision issues, irregular sleep patterns, and emotional instability are a few of the many symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Both the conditions are detrimental to our overall well-being.

Thyroid Tests

The presence of either of the aforementioned conditions can be detected by conducting laboratory tests. Listed below are a few blood tests that help in the evaluation of the thyroid dysfunctionality in our body:

  • TSH Tests

One of the simplest ways to assess thyroid function is to measure TSH levels in the circulation. Any change in TSH levels is a warning indication that thyroid-related disorders are developing in the body.

If the test results indicate a higher level of TSH then it suggests that the person concerned is suffering from hypothyroidism. Whereas lower TSH suggests the condition of hyperthyroidism.

  • T4 Tests

The main type of thyroid hormone found in the blood is T4. T4 are of two types: (1) that enters the tissues called Free T4; and (2) that attaches itself to the proteins called Bound T4.

If the findings of TSH testing are abnormal, physicians normally recommend that T4 tests be performed. These test findings offer a clearer picture of the sort of issue impacting the body.

  • T3 Tests 

This test diagnoses the level of triiodothyronine (T3). Even T3 are of two types Bound T3 and Free T3. The T3 tests measure the level of both these hormones in the blood.  This test is particularly helpful for patients suffering from hyperthyroidism.

Why should we celebrate Thyroid Awareness Month?

 1.To understand the significance of thyroid

The small gland called the endocrine gland produces hormones that maintain the overall health of the body. As statistics suggest, most people are unaware of the symptoms stemming from the higher or lower production of thyroid hormones. Therefore, it is even more important to talk about it during this awareness Thyroid Awareness Month.

  2. Getting tested is very easy.

The symptoms are very common, so there is a high likelihood of it going undetected. Tests are fairly easy and can be done quickly.

As you plan your activities this month, you may want to consider visiting our doctor and getting your TSH test done. Do not just stop there, ensure that your family and friends are healthy and encourage them to get tested as well. Early treatment can be commenced under the supervision of a medical expert.

Take the first step and book an appointment today with True Health  for yourself and your loved ones. For more details visit our website or call on (631) 581-0737 or send us an email at