One out of three people may be affected by a low functioning thyroid gland. This condition results in a depressed rate of body metabolism, weight gain, lethargy, constipation, heavy menstrual flow, brittle nails, cold hands and feet, extremely dry skin, hair loss, menstrual pain and irregularities, puffy face and more.
In fact, after diabetes the second most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorders are those of the thyroid gland. Nodules of and autoimmune factors against, the thyroid gland, are extremely common harbingers of impending or current thyroid malfunction.
Dr. Sierra fully evaluates the thyroid utilizing thorough blood based tests, basal body temperature assessment and symptom(s) evaluation.
Dr. Sierra then performs more discovery, looking for presence of the following additional thyroid-adverse situations:
- autoimmune disorder whereby the body produces anti-thyroid factors;
- chronic illness and chronic stress and adrenal gland imbalances;
- nutritional deficiencies and imbalanced dietary intake of protein and carbohydrates;
- toxic metal and mineral overload such as of cadmium, lead, bromine and chlorine;
- chronic prescription drug use such as synthetic estrogens, and beta blockers;
- liver and kidney disease
Treatment of hypothyroidism may involve re-testing for certain key hormone levels every 8 to 12 weeks. Dr. Sierra uses natural thyroid hormone augmentation, rather than synthetic, whenver possible and in the majority of her cases.