How a Thyroid Imbalance Can Affect Your Health and What You Can Do About It

Approximately 20 million Americans live with some type of thyroid disease, but up to 60% have no idea they have an issue. This little gland found at the base of your neck may be relatively small, but it makes essential hormones that impact every cell, organ, and tissue in your body.

Thyroid problems can range from mild to severe and trigger a wide range of health issues. However, what most thyroid disorders have in common is abnormal hormone production. And, because these hormones control your metabolism, your symptoms vary based on whether you have too much or too little hormone in your system. 

At Sonoran Endocrinology, Dr. Rohit Dwivedi specializes in endocrinology disorders, including those caused by your thyroid. Here are just a few signs that can indicate a thyroid problem and how Dr. Dwivedi can help.

Too much thyroid hormone

An estimated 1% of women and even fewer men have hyperthyroid disorder, which causes too much thyroid hormone. If you have an overactive thyroid, you can experience a variety of symptoms, including:

A condition called Graves’ disease causes 70% of hyperthyroidism. However, you can also end up with hormone overproduction if you have nodules on your thyroid. Even though these growths are typically noncancerous, they can still interfere with healthy thyroid function.

Too little thyroid hormone

Having not enough thyroid hormones is a condition called hypothyroidism. Common signs of an underactive thyroid include:

The most common causes of hypothyroidism include Hashimoto’s disease, thyroid damage from radiation, or thyroid removal.

Managing thyroid disorders

Fortunately, while having an imbalanced thyroid can cause a variety of unpleasant side effects, they’re usually very treatable. 

To diagnose the cause of your imbalance, Dr. Dwivedi discusses your symptoms and performs a comprehensive physical along with some blood work. After reaching a diagnosis, he develops a personalized treatment strategy based on your unique condition. 

Depending on what type of thyroid problem you have, treatment options may include:

In most cases, effectively managing a thyroid disorder involves ongoing blood work to closely monitor your hormone levels and adjust your medication as needed.

If you have symptoms that resemble a thyroid imbalance, call one of our offices in Surprise, Gilbert, Lake Havasu City, or Prescott, Arizona, or book your visit online today.

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