Thyroid Test

Why test for thyroid hormones in our body?

Thyroid hormones are very important as they control the rate at which the body uses and stores energy from the food we eat. When the body does not produce enough of these hormones, certain body functions can slow down.


Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). This is when too little of the thyroid hormones are produced. This can cause cells and organs in our body to slow down. This can result in slower than normal heart rate and sluggish digestion, which can lead to constipation.


Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). This is when too much of the thyroid hormones are produced. This can cause cells and organs in our body to work faster than normal, leading to a faster than normal heart rate and increased intestinal activity often leading to diarrhea.


What symptoms should I look out for?

When you do not produce enough thyroid hormones you may experience:

-weight gain

-feeling cold

-tiredness

-poor concentration

-depression

-constipation

-hair loss


When you produce more than normal levels of thyroid hormones you may experience:

-weight loss

-heat intolerance

-anxiety

-mood swings

-difficulty sleeping

-diarrhea


How can I treat a thyroid disorder?

Hypothyroidism is the most common disorder (when your body does not produce enough thyroid hormone). Treatment is usually by taking a daily hormone replacement tablet called Levothyroxine. Patients with suspected hyperthyroidism are usually referred to a specialist.


How can The London House of Wellbeing help?

We can carry out a very quick and easy test in store. Blood collected from a finger prick will be used to determine the levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), which is an important measure in the assessment of thyroid function. Full options on treatment plans are offered, as well as lifestyle advice.


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