A healthy thyroid gland is necessary to keep your metabolism operating optimally. This small gland at the base of your neck produces hormones that control your metabolic rate, your heart, your gut, skin, hair, muscles, bones, and your brain. Thyroid function can be impacted by a number of stressors including autoimmune disease, where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, viral infections, it can be impacted by adrenal function, by your stress response, by your diet, intestinal hyper permeability (leaky gut), and nutrient deficiencies (s.a. vitamin D, vitamin A, B vitamin, iron, zinc, selenium, or iodine deficiencies).
Autoimmune thyroiditis is the most common autoimmune condition, affecting up to 15% of women and up to 5% of men. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is much more common than hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). While the symptoms can be non-specific, it is important to have thyroid function tested, if you have symptoms of underactive or overactive thyroid.
To learn more about common symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and thyroid function testing, follow the link to our video here.
To learn more about nutrients that can affect your thyroid function, you may read this article.
For a consultation to discuss your thyroid health or any symptoms that could be related to a thyroid condition, we invite you to reach out to us at 646.627.8000 or email Bridget Shaffo at Bridget@drbojana.com.
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About the Author
Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, MD
Dr. Bojana (Boy•ana) Jankovic Weatherly is an award winning physician, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. After completing internal medicine residency, she did a fellowship in integrative medicine, trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Her approach is rooted in evidence-based medicine that is personalized to each individual she works with.