Thyroid Disorders

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Thyroid Disorders – Personalized, Specialized Care

At Forward Healthy Lifestyles, we are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health. Understanding thyroid disorders and their impact on your well-being is an essential part of that journey. Thyroid disorders are common, with thyroid diseases affecting about 20 million people in the United States. And the prevalence of thyroid disorders increases with age. But often, they are missed, and even more so, misunderstood. That’s because many symptoms of thyroid disorders can be misconstrued as being due to seasonal changes, stress, lifestyle factors, and beyond.

Beyond the day-to-day discomfort thyroid issues can cause, untreated thyroid conditions can eventually lead to serious complications like high cholesterol, heart problems, and more. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can cause heart problems such as rapid heart rate, irregular heart rhythm, and even heart failure. It can also lead to loss of bone density (osteoporosis). That’s not to mention autoimmune conditions affecting the thyroid, like Hashimoto’s Disease.

While thyroid diseases must be taken seriously, they are also easily treatable with proper diagnosis and expert care. For years our team has specialized in identifying and treating thyroid imbalances—and now with the addition of the renowned Dr. Stula on our team, we have an industry legend providing additional guidance and insight to our patients with thyroid challenges.

What sets us apart

Our clinic’s approach to thyroid care takes traditional medicine to the next level, providing a more comprehensive, personalized and precise methodology that helps individuals address all aspects impacting their thyroid wellness. Our philosophy is founded on the principals of functional medicine which take the whole body, and even one’s lifestyle, into account in order to optimize all elements impacting their thyroid health.

From extensive lab work—that puts no extra burden on the patient—to more diverse treatments and solutions, our thyroid care program enables our providers to take a step beyond what traditional medicine has the expertise or time to focus on. “Internists and endocrinologists are hugely important in patient care, but they can only go so deep into the problem,” says Dr. Stula. “Our specialization allows us to get to the root of the issue, even when there are many roots, and help patients enhance their health and quality of life.”

Our Dr. Stula was one of the first, and remains one of the most sought-after, functional medicine practitioners for thyroid care in the state. He has also been recognized and is a part of an international national Thyroid Change group whose mission is to improve and advocate for better thyroid care for patients. He, along with our team of expert providers at Forward Healthy Lifestyles, gives patients a more comprehensive and detailed path toward optimal thyroid wellness.

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What Are Thyroid Disorders?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. It plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism, energy levels, and overall bodily functions. Thyroid disorders occur when the thyroid produces too much or too little hormone, leading to a range of health issues. The two main types of thyroid disorders are:

  1. Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone.
  2. Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid that produces too much thyroid hormone.
  3. Autoimmune disorders: Hashimoto’s disease and Grave’s disease are two autoimmune disorders directly impacting the thyroid

The thyroid gland produces hormones—T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine)—that regulate metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and more.

Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks this gland. This attack leads to inflammation, affecting the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones crucial for regulating various bodily functions. When Hashimoto’s disease interferes with this gland’s function, it can lead to various health issues. Recognizing the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease is crucial for early detection and management. However, these symptoms can be easily missed, or misdiagnosed, causing people to live with Hashimoto’s without knowing it.

In Graves’ disease, the immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that bind to and activate the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) receptors on the thyroid gland. This causes the thyroid gland to grow and overproduce thyroid hormones, leading to hyperthyroidism

Possible Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders can manifest through various symptoms, which may be subtle or severe.

Common symptoms include:

Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slow heart rate
Hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight loss
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Heat intolerance
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Tremors
  • Increased appetite
  • Sweating
  • Sleep disturbances
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment, not only to improve your quality of life today, but to improve and protect your long-term health, as well.

Why it’s important to address thyroid imbalances

Ignoring thyroid disorders can lead to serious health complications, including cardiovascular issues, osteoporosis, infertility, and severe fatigue. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for:

  • Preventing complications: Proper management of thyroid hormone levels can help prevent long-term complications.
  • Improving quality of life: Treatment can alleviate symptoms, helping you regain energy and vitality.
  • Supporting overall health: A well-functioning thyroid contributes to better metabolic health, mood stability, and overall well-being.

Optimizing Thyroid Function through Hormone Balancing and Replacement Therapy

Achieving optimal thyroid function often involves hormone balancing. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can play a pivotal role in restoring the body’s hormone levels, particularly when the thyroid gland struggles to produce adequate hormones.

For individuals experiencing hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto’s disease or other thyroid disorders, hormone replacement therapy can be a cornerstone of treatment. This therapy involves supplementing the body with thyroid hormones, such as levothyroxine (T4) or liothyronine (T3), to compensate for the hormone deficiency. By providing the body with the hormones it lacks, patients can experience relief from symptoms and regain better metabolic function.

Our Thyroid Management program also gives patients access to leading therapies like Armour Thyroid and low-dose naltrexone (LDN).

• Armour Thyroid is considered a natural alternative to synthetic thyroid medications like levothyroxine. Some patients may prefer it over synthetic options, and is an effective treatment option for hypothyroidism.
• LDN has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and autoimmune processes associated with conditions like Hashimoto’s. LDN can improve endorphin function, which may help modulate the immune system and reduce autoimmune activity. By reducing inflammation and modulating the immune system, LDN may improve thyroid function at the pituitary level and in peripheral cells, potentially enhancing conversion of T4 to active T3. LDN has been shown to inhibit the cells that cause autoimmune processes, which could also be beneficial for autoimmune thyroid conditions

Balancing hormones goes beyond merely replacing deficient ones; it involves a nuanced approach to ensure optimal levels while considering individual needs. Our team at Forward Healthy Lifestyles, including the renowned Dr. G Stula, specializes in personalized hormone balancing, tailoring treatments to each patient’s unique requirements. Through comprehensive evaluations and precise adjustments, we strive to optimize thyroid function and enhance overall wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What causes thyroid disorders?
Thyroid disorders can be caused by various factors, including autoimmune diseases (like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease), iodine deficiency, certain medications, radiation therapy, and genetic predisposition.
How are thyroid disorders diagnosed?
Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, a review of symptoms, and blood tests to measure levels of thyroid hormones (T3, T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
Can thyroid disorders be treated?
Yes, thyroid disorders can be effectively managed with appropriate treatment. In the majority of cases, hormone balancing can play a pivotal role in obtaining and maintaining healthy thyroid function.
Can lifestyle changes help manage thyroid disorders?
While medication is often necessary, lifestyle can support overall thyroid health and improve well-being. A balanced diet rich in iodine, selenium and essential nutrients supports optimal thyroid function. Regular exercise and stress management techniques also play a vital role in keeping your thyroid in check. However in many cases, hormone balancing plays a pivotal role in ensuring proper, healthy thyroid function.
Can Hashimoto’s disease be cured?
While there is no known cure, effective management involves medication to supplement hormone levels and lifestyle changes.

Take the Next Step with Forward Healthy Lifestyles

At Forward Healthy Lifestyles, we are committed to providing personalized care and effective treatment options for thyroid disorders.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of thyroid dysfunction or have concerns about your hormone levels, our experienced professionals are here to guide you through a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. We offer personalized hormone testing and treatment plans designed to restore balance and vitality, empowering you to lead a healthier and more energetic life.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward managing your thyroid health. We proudly support individuals with thyroid issues in Germantown, Mequon, Shorewood, Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

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