Did you know that 27 million Americans have some form of thyroid dysfunction? Even more shockingly, as many as 60 percent of them don't even know it. The American Thyroid Association estimates that one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. Yet I see this day in and out in my clinic. Patients come to me with thyroid dysfunction that hasn't been properly diagnosed by the multiple doctors they saw before coming to me.
This is a major problem because your thyroid regulates all of your metabolic processes. When it is underactive, also known as hypothyroidism, everything slows down, leading to weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, poor concentration, constipation, infertility, low libido, depression, and low body temperature. When it is overactive, your metabolism speeds up, leading to weight loss, anxiety, insomnia, fast heartbeat, and loose stool.
If you suspect that your thyroid is out of whack, or you're already being treated for thyroid dysfunction and still have symptoms, take a look at the seven common missteps conventional doctors make in diagnosing thyroid dysfunction: