Thyroid conditions affect over 27 million Americans and half go undiagnosed.
Most thyroid issues go undiagnosed because the correct testing has not been done. How do you know if you should get tested? People with thyroid conditions notice weight gain despite diet or exercise, sleep problems, hot flashes, depression, cold hands and feet, thinning or losing hair, brain fog, dry skin, infertility, and constipation. Most people get the standard Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test (TSH) to check their thyroid function, however there is no study that shows its accuracy in checking for proper thyroid activity.
Proper evaluation is imperative when evaluating the thyroid function. Factors that play a role in its function include the tissue and cells ability to communicate to the thyroid and other organs, how the liver and digestive system make available thyroid hormone, the level of available hormone in the body, the amount of iodine available for the thyroid to make hormone, the function of the pituitary gland, and the amount of selenium available and absorbed by the body. All of those factors must be evaluated when determining if there is a thyroid condition.