Naturopath Auckland Low Thyroid function – Hypothyroid
I see people in my clinic who present to me complaining of feeling tired. They complain of putting on weight and having great difficulty losing weight despite reduced food intake and adequate exercise. Thyroid patients often suffer from depression, are sensitive to the cold, with cold hands and feet (wear bed socks to bed) have dry and scaly skin and muscle or joint pain and a number of other symptoms, including often yellow or even bright orange palms. If you are missing the outer third of your eyebrows, this is a sign of low thyroid function also. Some people have sought help from their GP and had a thyroid blood test for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) only to be told by their GP that their thyroid is normal. What I find is that thyroid testing is not accurate and it fails to diagnose people who are in fact suffering from sub-optimal thyroid function, low thyroid or hypothyroid. I find that when I get people checked with full thyroid blood tests of T4 free, T3 free, TSH and RT3 including antibodies, a different picture emerges. Further testing reveals that these people all present with low levels of thyroid antibodies such as Anti-thyroglobulin Antibody and Anti-microsomal Antibodies or Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies. The levels of these antibodies fall under the threshold that is recognized medically but my concern is that any level of antibodies is detrimental to the health of the thyroid because this is an autoimmune situation where self is attacking thyroid tissue. I recommend that clients do a basal metabolic temperature test which measures their resting temperature as this is a more accurate measure of thyroid function. An analysis of these temperature readings reveals much about the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands and information gained from blood tests and antibody readings allows effective natural treatments which promote optimal thyroid function, thereby promoting weight loss and increased health and well-being.