Research shows that hypothyroidism affects one in five woman and one in ten men. Unfortunately, in over half of these cases it goes undiagnosed.
Hypothroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.
Hypothyroidism may not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.
Many things contribute to these imbalances. For example, a common cause of hypothyroidism is gluten intolerance. Other major contributors that interfere with thyroid function include pesticides and heavy metals. Nutrient deficiencies can also slow things down. Your thyroid needs specific nutrients to run optimally including selenium, zinc, iodine and omega 3 fats. Understanding nutrients alone can make you feel like you need a chemistry degree! On top of that, most doctors don’t test for thyroid function correctly. Even when they do diagnose it, they don’t treat it effectively by optimizing thyroid function through diet, supplements and the right thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
That’s unfortunate, since thyroid function plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight, and hypothyroid is a major player in weight-loss resistance.
If you think you may be suffering from hypothyroidism come see us! At Vibrant Health of Colorado we can help you understand supplements, proper diet and make sure get the right tests.
If you want to learn more about how functional medicine is the best way to improve your health, call today 303-730-229 and schedule your appointment with one of our providers at Vibrant Health Colorado.