Thyroid testing - getting the full picture

Thyroid Health

Health Magazine features Medichecks thyroid testing in their Health Checks feature.


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It is highly likely that most of us know someone who suffers from a thyroid disorder, after all, thyroid disease is thought to affect almost 5% of the population. For many people, getting a diagnosis and treatment for a thyroid problem is straightforward, and they can resume their daily lives with minimal, if any symptoms. But for others, life is not so simple, and getting a diagnosis, getting treatment and managing their medication is fraught with difficulties. Why would this be?

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland which wraps around the front of your wind pipe in your neck. Its role is to produce the hormones which govern metabolism; if too much thyroid hormone is produced then your metabolism is speeded up causing symptoms of weight loss, clammy skin and nervous anxiety. Too little (which is far more common) and your symptoms are the opposite: unexplained weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, and fatigue. An overactive thyroid is generally easier to diagnose; treatment includes taking anti-thyroid drugs or even the removal of part, or all of your thyroid gland.

Often the problem lies in diagnosing an underactive thyroid; there are a lot of other conditions, from depression to menopause to chronic fatigue syndrome that can cause similar symptoms. Which is why many people who visit their doctor suspecting a thyroid disorder can leave the surgery with a completely different diagnosis. And in some cases, their thyroid disorder can go undiagnosed for years.

The problem is that most GP’s don’t have the budget to do comprehensive thyroid profiles which will be able to show whether their patient has enough of all the thyroid hormones needed for metabolism. Neither do they routinely test the vitamins and minerals which are thought to support thyroid production. Medichecks Thyroid Function Blood tests fill the gap as a valuable source of information and comprehensive tests. Simply buy online, get a test kit through the post, take the sample in the comfort of your own home (or at a partner clinic) and post to their accredited laboratory. Results are available to view online in your own personal dashboard often within only a couple of days of the sample arriving at the laboratory. With a doctor’s interpretation included, it has never been easier to get the full picture of your thyroid health.

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