A healthy thyroid gland is essential to overall wellness, which is why hormone therapy at Rejuvime Medical includes evaluating its function. At our Louisiana and Mississippi clinics, our hormone specialists determine whether an overactive or underactive thyroid is causing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance.

What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?

The thyroid gland, located in the neck just below your Adam’s apple (laryngeal prominence), plays a major role in your metabolism—the process of how your body transforms the food you consume into energy. It helps regulate a range of functions by steadily releasing hormones into the bloodstream, ensuring the cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive systems all work properly.

The thyroid relies on iodine to make hormones, so getting enough iodine in your diet is important because the body doesn’t produce it naturally.

Aging and Thyroid Function

Thyroid disorders become more common as people get older, and hypothyroidism (when the thyroid underproduces hormones) is much more common than hyperthyroidism (when the thyroid overproduces hormones). But since symptoms associated with the natural aging process mimic symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, hypothyroidism may go undiagnosed. Women—who develop thyroid disorders more often than men—may chalk up the symptoms to menopause. The condition, however, is treatable with thyroid hormone supplementation.

Some of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:

Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:

  • Rapid pulse
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

The first-line test for checking the health of your thyroid is a blood test that measures your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). It’s a screening test for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Thyroid Management With Hormone Therapy

The goal of thyroid management is to balance the hormones the gland produces. This can be a relatively simple process, but it may take time to find the correct mix of hormone supplements, medications, and lifestyle changes that work for you. Plenty of treatment options can help you feel more energetic and healthy.

Treatment Options for Hyperthyroidism

  • Medication
  • Radioiodine treatment
  • Surgery

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.

At Rejuvime Medical, we create a personalized hormone therapy treatment plan that considers your thyroid function and other possible hormonal imbalances. Based on the results of your lab tests, we’ll include treatment of an overactive or underactive thyroid gland and monitor your progress to see if the therapy minimizes your symptoms.

Start Your Journey

Regain your youthful vitality with hormone therapy at one of our clinics in Baton Rouge, the New Orleans area, or our other locations in Louisiana and Mississippi. You can begin our easy 3-step process by requesting a consultation using the online form, calling us at (225) 960-1580, or just dropping by one of our clinics.

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