The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ that is located in the front of your neck. Its job is to regulate your body’s metabolism through the produced hormones. It also acts in close connection with other endocrine organs like adrenal glands and sexual glands (testicles in man and ovaries in women). Thyroid disorder occurs when this gland over or under produces hormones in your body. Thyroid disorders are very common and the cause may vary. The Cleveland Clinic reports that about 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Underproduction in the thyroid gland is the most common dysfunction and tends to affect more women than men.
Five key signs that you may have thyroid disorder are:
- Dry and coarse skin
- Frequent and unexplained constipation
- Constantly feeling cold when you have not usually felt that way before
- Unusual forgetfulness
- Weight gain
Other symptoms may include unusually low mood or depression, fatigue that may vary from sleepiness to inability to get out of the bed on the morning, decrease in libido and many other complaints.
If you have experienced these symptoms and are concerned that you have thyroid disorder, schedule a full health evaluation with Dr. Elena Klimenko, an integrative and functional medicine physician in New York City, or a similar doctor in your local area.
Dr. Klimenko will review your full health history and order specific tests to determine your thyroid gland function in conjunction with other endocrine organs functions, like adrenals. Even if you are diagnosed with thyroid disorder, Dr. Klimenko will investigate your health further because the ultimate cause of your thyroid deficiency could be an autoimmune disorder, such as Hashimoto’s Disease.
After identifying the root causes of your health conditions, Dr. Klimenko will use a variety of treatment methods to re-balance your thyroid gland and other biological systems. Thyroid diseases are lifelong conditions so your treatment program will include lifestyle and nutrition adjustments that will help you maintain your health and normal energy levels.
Dr. Elena Klimenko, MD is an integrative and functional medicine physician in New York City. She specializes in helping unhealthy people get well, and healthy people stay well, through the power of traditional and alternative medicine. At her practice, Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Medical P.C., you will get compassionate, preventive care. Dr. Klimenko provides the attention you deserve, real answers about your health, and personalized treatments for your total wellness. For an appointment call 212-696-4325.