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Hypothyroidism

This is how Avi Medical can help you with an underactive thyroid

Whether it's weight gain, fatigue or cycle disorders: an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), like hyperthyroidism, can result in numerous complaints. Fortunately, this clinical picture is easily treatable - with the preparation L-thyroxine, which replaces the body's own hormones that are missing. Our experienced doctors are at your side with this and other medical measures in the fight against hypothyroidism at all of our locations. 

What is hypothyroidism?

A functioning thyroid is based on three instances. The first is the “release hormone” TRH, which is produced in the hypothalamus . This activates another part of the brain, the pituitary gland, which then releases the “stimulation hormone” TSH. Once in the bloodstream  TSH finally reaches the thyroid and ultimately encourages it to release the hormones T3 and T4. If there is an underactive thyroid, the organ produces too little of these two Hormones.A pathological deficiency condition that particularly affects women over the age of 50.

When does it become hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed in three different ways characteristics are present. These are: 

  • primary hypothyroidism, in which the organ produces too few of its own hormones. This becomes noticeable in a laboratory examination through reduced T3 and T4 values ​​​​with simultaneously increased TRH and TSH values
  • secondary hypothyroidism in which the pituitary gland is disturbed. This part of the brain normally releases the stimulating hormone TSH. In this form, neither T3, T4 nor TSH can be detected in the blood 
  • tertiary hypothyroidism in which the hypothalamus, which usually produces the release hormone TRH, is disturbed. As a result, the TSH, T3 and T4 values ​​are reduced

What are the triggers of hypothyroidism?

The most common triggers of hypothyroidism include: 

  • Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis as a result of which the body's own antibodies destroy thyroid tissue
  • surgeries on the thyroid 
  • various medications
  • severe iodine deficiency

What are possible symptoms of hypothyroidism?

The typical symptoms of hypothyroidism include: 

  • listlessness
  • weight gain
  • shivers 
  • constipation
  • brittle hair and hair loss 
  • Reduced sweat production
  • Slowed heartbeat 
  • Reduced reflexes 
  • Especially in women: cycle disorders up to Missed period

Treatment of hypothyroidism at Avi Medical

The successful treatment At Avi Medical, hypothyroidism is treated medically using L-thyroxine. Taken for life, this efficiently replaces missing thyroid hormones in those affected. Regular blood checks, initially every six months and later once a year, guarantee the optimal long-term dosage of this proven therapy.