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Low Thyroid Treatment in Ocean Side, CA

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Low Thyroid Treatment in Oceanside, CA:

Understanding Hypothyroidism and Its Management

Hypothyroidism, commonly known as low thyroid activity, is a prevalent condition affecting the thyroid gland's hormone production and metabolism regulation. Dr. Mark Stengler, a respected physician specializing in thyroid disorders, has observed an epidemic rise in thyroid-related issues, attributing it to environmental toxins, pharmaceutical medications, and stress. In this article, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for hypothyroidism, specifically focusing on low thyroid treatment in Oceanside, CA.

Prevalence of Hypothyroidism

While approximately 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Dr. Stengler estimates that the actual number may be as high as 30 million, including undiagnosed cases. The underactive thyroid often goes unnoticed, leading to underdiagnosis. It is crucial for individuals and healthcare providers to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.

Recognizing Symptoms

Symptoms such as fatigue, cold hands and feet, unexplained weight gain, dry skin and hair loss, and depression can often be attributed to a busy and stressful lifestyle. However, they can also indicate low thyroid activity. It is essential to be aware that hypothyroidism can affect individuals of any age and gender, with women in their late 40s or early 50s being more susceptible.

Common Causes

The leading cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Other potential triggers include hormonal imbalances, food allergies (such as gluten intolerance), and stress. Less common causes involve pituitary gland failure or the presence of a pituitary tumor.

Accurate Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis of hypothyroidism requires a comprehensive evaluation of thyroid function, beyond the standard thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test. Many doctors, both conventional and holistic, often overlook the nuances of thyroid function. To ensure accurate assessment, it is recommended to consult a holistic doctor who can perform a complete thyroid test panel, including free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibody tests.

Interpreting Test Results

While some physicians consider low levels of free T3 and free T4 within the "normal" range as acceptable, Dr. Stengler believes that the standard for "normal" is set too low. Patients tend to experience better well-being when their T3 levels are closer to the mid-range, around 320 pg/dL or higher, and when their free T4 levels are increased to 1.2 ng/dL or higher.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Synthetic T4 alone (e.g., Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid) is commonly prescribed by traditional doctors for hypothyroidism. However, Dr. Stengler suggests natural, bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement therapy, such as Armour Thyroid, Nature-Thyroid, and Westhroid, or compounded bioidentical T4 and T3. These options provide a combination of T3 and T4 hormones that closely resemble the body's natural production.

Importance of Nutritional Support

In addition to hormone replacement therapy, nutritional support is crucial for optimizing thyroid function. Specific supplements can assist the body in producing its own thyroid hormones. Dr. Stengler recommends L-tyrosine, a multivitamin containing essential nutrients like selenium, zinc, and B vitamins, and iodine supplementation (150 mcg daily). However, individuals with Hashimoto's thyroiditis should exercise caution and consult a physician before initiating iodine therapy.

Get the Support You Need 

Hypothyroidism is a prevalent condition that requires proper diagnosis and treatment. By understanding the causes, recognizing symptoms, and seeking comprehensive testing, individuals can receive appropriate care for low thyroid activity. Dr. Mark Stengler's practice in Oceanside, CA, offers expertise in thyroid disorders, including holistic diagnosis and natural hormone replacement therapy. For further information, please visit or contact the clinic at (760) 274-2377.

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