Thyroid Replacement for Men and the Benefits
The thyroid is a gland that is situated in the lower neck, under the Adam’s apple and in front of the windpipe. It produces several hormones that are important for your body to function, and influences metabolism, energy levels, and temperatures throughout the body. There are some conditions that cause the thyroid to produce too much or too little of the hormones it normally secretes, and the longer one of these conditions persists, the more likely it is to cause lasting damage to your body.
Over-active Thyroid: Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid is producing too many hormones. This condition is most commonly caused by Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that causes the body to produce antibodies that stimulate the thyroid into overproduction. Other causes could be a thyroid tumor or a goiter.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Feelings of being too hot or intolerance to heat
- Hair loss
- Heart palpitations
- Increased frequency in bowel movements
- Mood swings
- Muscle weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weight loss
These symptoms may be difficult to identify at first, but the longer hyperthyroidism persists, the more severe and more noticeable they can become. Hyperthyroidism also elevates metabolism along with these other symptoms, and having the metabolism unnaturally increased for long periods of time can have unwanted side effects on your health, including an extreme increase in appetite.
Under-active Thyroid: Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone to keep up with your body’s demands. Thyroid hormones are highly responsible for regulating your body’s energy consumption, so hypothyroidism often drastically reduces metabolism and energy levels.
This condition is more common than hyperthyroidism, and can be caused by thyroid defects or certain types of treatment for cancer or hyperthyroidism. Some autoimmune disorders also cause your body’s immune system to attack your own thyroid and lower hormone production. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Dry skin and hair
- Feelings of sluggishness
- Hair loss
- Lack of energy
- Muscle cramps or stiffness
- Sensitivity to cold or intolerance to cold
- Slowed heart rate
- Sudden weight gain
The occurrence of these symptoms may be gradual, and it might be difficult to notice them at first. However, prolonged presence of hypothyroidism is dangerous, and if left untreated can result in a condition known as myxedema. This condition involves hair loss, an enlarged tongue, and cold, doughy skin.
Luckily, thyroid conditions are able to be treated, and the sooner a thyroid condition is detected, the sooner steps can be taken to address it. The longer a thyroid condition goes untreated, the more likely it is to have devastating and lasting effects on your body. If you suspect that you may have a thyroid condition, the first thing you should do is to be tested to confirm that this is the case so that you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
Contact us today to set up an appointment to have your thyroid tested if you believe that you may be suffering from one of these conditions. We are prepared to offer the treatments necessary to assist your body in reaching the proper hormone levels it needs to function properly.