Disorders of the thyroid are among the most common diseases of the endocrine glands.
A recent study found the prevalence of known thyroid disease to be 3 to 4% in the Australian population. Women are at greater risk, developing thyroid problems five times more often than men.
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland and activates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is converted to T3 in the liver and requires the presence of selenium and zinc .
T3 and T4 regulate the body’s basal metabolic rate, influence heart and nervous system functions and are essential for growth and development. The thyroid gland also produces calcitonin which is essential in the regulation of calcium balance in the body .
Symptoms of underactive thyroid include: dry and coarse skin, weakness and lethargy, constipation, weight gain, slow pulse, heavy and irregular periods and depression.
Symptoms of overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis) include: fast metabolic rate, rapid heart beat, nervousness and palpitations, weight loss despite increased appetite and frequent bowel movements.
Thyroid function decreases naturally with age and underactive thyroid function is most common in women during menopausal years.
What will I get from the test?
This test measures the levels of unbound free hormones (thyroid stimulating hormone, free T3 and free T4) which are available to the tissues, and reflects a true measure of the body’s metabolic rate.
After taking this test you will have a personalised guide to your current thyroid function and an ideal strategy for how to support your thyroid health and metabolic rate. There will be no more running from practitioner to practitioner in the search for an answer – the information provided is priceless and could provide an end to your symptoms.
Most importantly, Emed will analyse the test results for you and provide an easy-to-understand but comprehensive manual and report. The comprehensive manual will show you:
- What your thyroid hormone levels are, and what they should be
- What strategy to take in order to stabilise your thyroid function
- How the different foods in your diet may be affecting your thyroid function and metabolic rate
- Which exact natural medicine is right for you based on your individual result
- What dosage and time to take your natural medicine
- Dietary suggestions and information to promote optimal health
- Ongoing online support from Dr. Hooper and The Emed Team to help you implement the dietary changes and get the best results from the Test
What does the cost cover?
The website cost for the Standard Thyroid Profile covers the test referral, the test itself, processing of all information and interpretation and collation of final results into your personalised comprehensive report.
Fees for physical transportation to your nearest collection centre are to be covered by yourself at time of appointment.