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Hypothyroidism

Dr. Meghna Thacker / Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism – Appropriate testing required

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is located in the neck below the Adam’s apple. It produces the thyroid hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. Its functioning affects about every organ in the body. Thus if it is under functioning then everything in the body slows down, causing symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, depression, brain fogginess or difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, hair loss, feeling cold or cold intolerance and menstrual irregularities. The two main thyroid hormones are T4 and T3. The T4 is considered a pro hormone while T3 is 300 % more biologically active compared to T4. Our bodies convert T4 to T3 through the deiodination process. This T3 is utilized by the cells to produce energy. TSH is...

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