How to Treat Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is an affliction that many people suffer with. It is a disorder caused by an insufficient amount of hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Two of the hormones produced by the thyroid are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). They predominantly regulate the body’s growth and metabolism. T3 and T4 are the only two compounds made within the human body that contain iodine, which is sourced from the body’s diet. In the case of hypothyroidism, when these hormones are produced in low or extremely low amounts, the body’s metabolism struggles and symptoms develop.
The symptoms that develop are numerous but sometimes acute and difficult to identify. A patient may struggle with weight gain, fatigue, and depression, among other symptoms. For many, they will fail to identify hypothyroidism at all, which can be incredibly dangerous since, when left unchecked, may lead to more severe disorders and problems. A blood test remains the only accurate way to correctly identify the disorder. If you feel you may be affected, then speak to your GP to arrange a test.
In cases where hypothyroidism is identified a synthetic alternative is prescribed. To replace triiodothyronine, the drug liothyronine is administered, and to replace T4, levothyroxine. Your doctor will check your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) to determine the dosage your body requires. After you begin treatment, you will quickly feel improvements. It is important to have regular check-ups to maintain that you are taking the correct amounts.
While undergoing the treatment it is important to maintain a healthy diet as well as the regularity of your hormone replacement, even when you feel you have recovered. If you refrain from taking your medication at any point the symptoms will return. A healthy and balanced diet is also particularly important to recommend because various foods will affect the absorption of the hormone into the body. If you have a diet high in soy or fibre, then speak to your doctor to discuss how this may affect your prescription.
Most often, in cases of hypothyroidism, T4 will be prescribed. This is because, within the body, T4 is produced in much larger amounts than T3. TSH prompts the thyroid to produce T4 over T3 at levels of around 9:1. The T4 hormone is then distributed around the body before being converted to the appropriate cells and organs. So, logic dictates that administering T4 is the best option since it covers both hormones. However, in some cases, the ailment occurs in this conversion process. If the body struggles to convert the T4, despite producing the right amounts, there will remain a T3 deficiency.
Cytomel Tabs (Liothyronine or T3) will be prescribed in this scenario. They will directly replace the missing T3 levels within the body and relieve the patient of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, however, many medical establishments are facing rising costs of T3 despite its usefulness in the scenarios when T4 fails to be converted. As such, it is increasingly more likely for doctors to direct a patient to source their prescription from an online pharmacy.