Optimal Performance Medicine
Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Woodstock, GA
Hypothyroidism is a common medical condition that affects nearly five out of every 100 people in the United States. If you constantly feel fatigued or have a difficult time losing weight, it may be hypothyroidism. Michael Skardasis, MD, and his team at Optimal Performance Medicine in Woodstock, Georgia, specialize in hypothyroidism. They help you manage the condition to reduce your symptoms and improve your health. To schedule an appointment with the experienced internal medicine team, call the office today or request an appointment online.
What is the thyroid?
Your thyroid is a small bow tie-shaped gland in your neck. It’s part of your endocrine system and produces hormones that regulate many body functions, including your metabolism, heartbeat, and body temperature.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that indicates that your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is very common and affects women more often than men.
You may develop hypothyroidism from a number of causes. An autoimmune disease, which is when your body’s immune system attacks the thyroid, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Medications, an iodine deficiency, and pregnancy also lead to hypothyroidism.
What are hypothyroidism symptoms?
Your hypothyroidism symptoms vary depending on the severity of your hormonal deficiency. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Low body temperature
- Puffy face
- Dry skin
- Thinning hair
- Impaired memory
A hormone imbalance can develop at any time and cause a variety of symptoms. If you’re not feeling quite like your usual self and you don’t know why, the team at Optimal Performance Medicine helps you find the underlying cause of your symptoms and get you the right treatment.
How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
Your specialist at Optimal Performance Medicine determines if your symptoms are due to hypothyroidism after a comprehensive examination. To confirm a diagnosis, your specialist checks your hormone levels.
Certain medications and supplements affect your hormone testing. Be sure to share all of your health information with your specialist so you get the most accurate results.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
The team at Optimal Performance Medicine creates a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your hypothyroidism. The condition is most often treated with hormone therapy, which restores hormone balance and relieves your symptoms.
The team at Optimal Performance Medicine focuses on creating health instead of treating sickness and works with you to make lifestyle changes that support your overall health and wellness.
For management of all your health concerns from a team who puts you and your health first, call Optimal Performance Medicine today or request an appointment online.