- Robin Berzin
Tired, Constipated, Depressed or Infertile? It Could Be Your Thyroid
More than one in eight women in the United States will develop a thyroid condition in her lifetime and more than 60% will be undiagnosed and remain unaware of their condition.
Thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), Graves disease and Hashtimotos thyroiditis, autoimmune diseases of the thyroid, are all on the rise.
While there is absolutely a genetic predisposition to thyroid disease, particularly Hashimotos, we also know that few things in the body are purely genetic. There is always an environmental and lifestyle component or trigger.
There are plenty of outside factors that can disrupt your thyroid. These include BPA in plastic bottles, pesticide exposure, soy isoflavones, nutrient deficiencies and high levels of stress.
At Parsley Health we diagnose thyroid disease that has been missed every day. How? Because we look for it in ways other doctors don’t.
We routinely test a complete thyroid panel on every patient. This includes tests that look for antibodies to the thyroid that indicate autoimmune activity against it.
One of our members is a man who had been suffering from weight gain, depression and fatigue. His doctors put him on antidepressants and told him his problem was testosterone. No one ever thought to test his thyroid. When we began testing him we discovered he had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. We were then able to heal his glands with diet changes and supplements. You can read more of his story here.
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Another patient had had recurrent miscarriages. Her doctor had ignored her symptoms of muscle pain and fatigue because her TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, was “normal.” However at Parsley Health we know from European research that our range for “normal” in the US is wrong. It’s too broad, especially is someone is symptomatic.
So we treated her with a natural form of thyroid hormone support, and our patient got pregnant right away and is now mother to a happy healthy baby boy!
Here are the common signs your thyroid is struggling. Don’t let your doctor dismiss you.
Constipation and hard stools
Fatigue even with a good night’s sleep
Dry skin and hair
Evenly distributed hair loss
Muscle cramps and pain
Depression and low mood
Infertility and miscarriage
Dr. Robin Berzin (pictured left) is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin went to medical school at Columbia University -where she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr – and later trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a certified yoga instructor and a meditation teacher, writes for a number of leading wellness sites, and speaks regularly for organizations including Stanford Medicine X, The Clinton Foundation, Health 2.0, Summit at Sea, and Further Future, on how we can reinvent health care. Read more of Robin Berzin's posts here.
Photos courtesy of Parsley Health.
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