What is the Thyroid Hormone?
A sinking libido and a growing gut are just two issues included on the long list of symptoms that may indicate your thyroid is acting up. The thyroid is one of the glands tasked with producing hormones that keep the systems and organs in your body running at peak efficiency for good health.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in front and down at the base of your neck. Thyroid gland hormones are known as the (T3) and (T4) hormones. Thyroid hormone function has a tremendous impact on your metabolism, especially how your body processes fats and carbs, your body’s ability to regulate temperature, and how it goes about producing proteins.
When the thyroid isn’t functioning normally and doesn’t produce enough hormones, it results in hypothyroidism. Feeling tired, depressed or forgetful are a few low thyroid hormone effects.
Hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism, which means organ function, especially in your reproductive organs, slows down as well. Both men and women with hypothyroid see a decrease in testosterone and estrogen levels. Since the thyroid is responsible for converting hormones into sex hormones, hypothyroidism can also inhibit the body’s desire for, and ability to perform, sex.
Also possible, although less common in older men, is hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid. An overzealous production of hormones from the thyroid has fewer symptoms but might include an increased heart rate, or “fluttering” sensation, weight loss, shortness of breath, anxiety or tremors.
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Why are Thyroid Hormones Important for the Male Body?
Ultimately, the thyroid, one of the biggest glands in the body, influences almost every cell. When gland function is working at its peak efficiency, the rest of your systems and organs will operate beautifully. However, research suggests that anywhere from 10 to 40% of the U.S. population has a suboptimal function in their thyroid.
It is also important to note that causes of conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, and fibromyalgia have been hard for medical professionals to pin down. Many hormone experts now believe that poor thyroid function might be the culprit.
There are many reasons the production of hormones in the thyroid can go haywire. Poor nutrition is one. Or, toxins circulating through the body slow down production as the body attempts to rid itself of the toxins. An infection or ongoing stress can also prohibit the production of these all-important hormones, and therefore your organ function.
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism tend to occur more often in women than men, but that doesn’t mean that as a man, you are in the clear. In general, men tend to be under-diagnosed simply because they are less inclined to see the doctor, especially if symptoms aren’t severe.
However, any pronounced change in energy level, interest in sex, hair growth, muscle weakening, or weight gain or loss should be discussed with a medical professional as soon as possible. In fact, it would be best to see a hormone specialist and have your hormone levels checked.
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What are the Benefits of Testosterone Therapy?
A healthy thyroid means the correct amount of hormones, which in turn means body and organ functions that are…normal. The thyroid plays a vital role in regulating your metabolism, the growth of muscle mass, bone strength, and keeping your energy levels where they should be when active, or when resting. The benefits of healthy gland function includes everything from great, restorative sleep patterns to a healthy heart.
Thyroid test results that are 100 to 200 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) are considered within the normal range. That doesn’t guarantee that your thyroid function is perfect, however. Even men with normal T3 hormone levels can have thyroid issues. It is quite possible to have normal testosterone levels, and still have a thyroid condition, although low T levels and thyroid issues often go hand in hand.
If you are seeing bald patches in your facial, head or body hair, or unusually dry skin, or if you are gaining weight in the gut despite a rigorous workout regimen, it might be time for some tests.
Many doctors assume that testosterone levels are too low, and begin a replacement regimen right away. However, if the thyroid is not functioning properly you could be addressing the wrong issue. It’s important to see a medical doctor fully trained and licensed, who studies the endocrine system and how hormones interact.
Based on the composition of hormones in your body, coupled with your symptoms, it could be that hormone replacement therapy might be the right step for you to take.
Learn More About Hormones with Dr. Berman
Your endocrine system is incredibly complex, with lots of interactions that take place via constant feedback loops between your glands, your nervous system, and your organs and hormones. When any one component in this system is out of whack, it can trigger an imbalance anywhere in your system.
There is some confusion out there regarding the thyroid versus other hormones and their levels, including testosterone. Dr. Berman understands the thyroid, and its function in-depth. He’ll let you know if this is a good place to start if you are suffering from any symptoms or conditions that are the result of thyroid issues.
Because of the complex interplay between all your hormones and glands, Dr. Berman has made it his goal as a medical doctor to include detailed hormone and gland function tests when he creates your health profile.
If your thyroid is functioning normally, but you are still suffering from many of the symptoms of hormonal issues, he can help you make an informed decision about hormone replacement therapies that are available, and whether there is an option that would be right for you.
Call for a consultation with Dr. Mikhail Berman MD, the endocrine specialist that has helped hundreds of men get back their vitality, strength, and health. Through proper hormone replacement therapy, administered under his careful, knowledgeable supervision, your quality of life will drastically improve. The number to call is (888) 804-1632 to take that first step toward feeling not just better, but your very best.