We’d never expect our cars to run without gas, our phones to send a text without battery power, or our lights to turn on without electricity. So why do we expect our bodies to function properly without the fuel they need?
That’s what can happen when you have hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid gland quits producing the hormones your body needs to function properly.
This is a common condition, but it often goes misdiagnosed and untreated. Leaving your body to run on fumes in this way can wreak havoc on virtually every aspect of your health.
The good news is that there’s an answer to hypothyroidism.
Our team of experts at Optimal Performance Medicine led by Dr. Michael Skardasis in Woodstock, Georgia, has the experience necessary to accurately diagnose and treat hypothyroidism. Here’s what you should know about your treatment options.
Addressing the problem head-on
Hypothyroidism can stem from a variety of health problems, ranging from autoimmune diseases to adverse reactions to certain medications. However, when you boil it down, hypothyroidism is a hormone issue — and that’s where we start with treatment.
What your body needs most is a steady stream of hormones to replace what you’ve lost and what your body fails to produce on its own. We do that with a course of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
BHRT refuels your body with the hormones it needs, and because they’re almost exactly the same as the hormones your body creates naturally, there’s almost no risk of side effects.
Typically, you can decide whether you’d like to take hormones orally, apply them topically, or have them implanted. Dr. Skardasis can help you decide which is right for you.
We strongly believe that BHRT is an excellent option for almost all of our patients, but we know that making lifestyle changes to manage hypothyroidism is just as important. We never put your health in a box; instead, we look at your condition from all angles and use multiple methods to help you feel better and become a healthier person.
Some of our favorite hypothyroidism health hacks include the following:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Exercising regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage stress
- Get plenty of sleep
We also help you understand and recognize when hypothyroidism is acting up. Reporting any changes in your condition helps us make necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
It’s time to get a handle on hypothyroidism. Call our friendly staff at 678-250-0700 or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Skardasis today.