The thyroid plays an important role in the human body. It helps control how quickly the body uses energy and makes proteins. The thyroids job is to produce thyroid hormones which is secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Deficiency of your thyroid levels can lead to various ailments. Listed below are a few that can cause concern.
- Increased heart rate
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Tiredness or Weakness
- Being too hot or too cold
- Irregular or frequent menstrual periods
TSH is a thyroid stimulating hormone. Hormonal output from the thyroid is regulated by this hormone. TSH causes the thyroid gland to make 2 hormones which helps to control your body’s metabolism. These hormones are known as T3 and T4. TSH levels can help determine why the dysfunction is occurring, whether it is due to a damaged thyroid gland or a problem with the pituitary. T3 and T4 are usually ordered with a TSH. They have been used for many years to help diagnose hyperthyroidism(overactive gland) and hypothyroidism (under-active gland). There are many ways to treat hyper or hypothyroidism. Establishing a baseline for your levels is important to determine appropriate treatment.