One of the hormone therapy services that we offer in our Baton Rouge clinic is for the thyroid. Your thyroid plays an incredibly important role in your body, particularly when it comes to hormone balance and many of the function controlled by those hormones. An imbalanced thyroid which is either overactive or underactive can result in symptoms that can dramatically affect the patient’s life. That’s why our hormone therapy takes your thyroid function into account, too; if the thyroid isn’t working correctly, then our hormone therapy will likely not be as effective and deliver the results you want to see.
Let’s learn more about the thyroid and why it’s important to the overall anti-aging process that occurs in our clinic.
What Is the Thyroid and What Does It Do?
Your thyroid is an endocrine gland in your neck. It secretes important hormones that control functions such as:
- Body weight
- Heart weight
- Body temperature
- Menstrual cycles
- Cholesterol levels
- and more
It’s one of fourteen major glands in the human body which are responsible for many important functions.
What Happens When the Thyroid Isn’t Working Correctly
For most people, their thyroid secretes the correct amount of hormones that their body needs to operate. However, some people experience issues with their thyroid either creating too much of the hormones (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism). Women are more likely to experience an imbalance than men, and older patients are more likely to experience thyroid problems. The symptoms of the two problems are very different.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
- Feelings of anxiousness, stress, or irritability
- Loss of hair
- Shaking in the hands
- Feeling sensitive to heat
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Feeling tired and worn out
- Feeling depressed
- Having trouble sleeping
- Feeling sensitive to cold temperatures
Balancing out the level of hormones being produced by the thyroid can eliminate these symptoms.
Many adults start to experience issues with their thyroid as they get older. Unfortunately, too many of them associate the symptoms that they are experiencing with growing older. They might blame them on age or menopause when, in fact, the symptoms are treatable with the right hormone therapy. An improperly functioning thyroid isn’t going to have a lot of effect on how you look (although it can contribute to issues like dry hair, dry skin, and eczema) but it will definitely affect how you feel. Thyroid issues can result in aching legs, memory problems, inability to regulate your body temperature, and weight gain among others. It’s easy to see why so many people write these symptoms off as part of the aging process.
How Hormone Therapy Can Help
Balancing out the thyroid is a relatively simple process, though it might take some time to find the right balance of hormone supplements, medications, and lifestyle changes that work for you. There are plenty of treatment options, though, and that’s great news for patients who are eager to feel and look younger.
Treatment Options for Hyperthyroidism
- Hormone therapy
- Radioiodine treatment
Treatment Options for Hypothyroidism
- Hormone therapy
- Lifestyle changes
You may need to work with your doctor or an endocrinologist if symptoms of your thyroid problems persist.
We Offer Effective Hormone Therapy in Baton Rouge
Our anti-aging clinic in Baton Rouge understands the important role that your thyroid has to play when it comes to feeling your best as you get older. We’ll take your thyroid into account along with all the other anti-aging hormones in your body when we begin your personalized hormone therapy treatment plan in our clinic. We’ll work with your symptoms along with the results of your lab tests to determine the anti-aging prescription regimen that’s right for you, which could include the treatment of an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. We’ll continue to monitor your progress over the coming weeks and months to ensure that you are getting the results that you want; we can make adjustments as necessary to your treatment so you are reaching those wellness goals.
Ready to start feeling younger? Want more energy? Wish you felt like you did 10, 15, or even 20 years ago? It’s all possible with our hormone therapy in Baton Rouge. Make an appointment with our clinic today.