Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey use advanced anti-aging therapies that can regulate several different men’s health conditions, and one of the conditions the clinicians specialize in treating are Thyroid Imbalances. Issues with the thyroid gland can occur for many reasons, and because of this, the clinic offers comprehensive consultations that review a man’s full medical history, blood work, labs, and dietary or exercise habits. After completing the initial consultation, the doctor may order tests for genetic markers that indicate risks for cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, hormone levels, and vitamin D status. The Healthy Aging Male Program uses non-invasive therapies to improve multiple thyroid conditions that cannot be vastly improved with conventional therapies and medications. The staff at Healthy Aging Medical Centers understands that the quality of life is extremely important, and they endeavor to help men accelerate their healing process through therapies such as bioidentical hormone replacement, IV therapies, genetic testing, and the detection of oxidative stress or food allergies.
In men, the thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in the human body, and it works to secrete thyroid hormone, which helps men to regulate several aspects of metabolism. Thyroid hormone has numerous functions. It helps the body to synthesize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, and it regulates energy and heat production. This hormone also works to control a man’s heart rate, how quickly calories are burned, and digestion. Thyroid conditions occur when the body excretes excessive or insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone, and several factors can trigger the malfunction of thyroid hormone secretion. One of the primary factors that lead to imbalances within the body’s production of thyroid hormone is aging, and most men encounter thyroid conditions around middle age or in their 40’s or 50’s. Another cause for a disruption in thyroid hormone production is a dysfunction in the immune system, and this can lead to autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s or Grave’s Disease.
Some of the more common conditions that can occur with thyroid imbalances include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Grave’s Disease, and Hashimoto’s.
Aging & Thyroid Hormone Imbalances
Hormones commonly decline with aging, and because all hormones are interconnected, men with other hormone imbalances, such as low testosterone or DHEA, may have reduced thyroid hormone production. This is because balanced male hormones can also help thyroid hormone to be more effective. When hormones begin to decline, the thyroid hormone may also become adversely affected. Men may begin to suffer from the condition of hypothyroidism, which occurs when the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormone. Some of the symptoms that can result from this include sudden weight gain, muscle atrophy, hair loss, cold limbs, constipation, depression, and fatigue.
In men that are suffering from an overabundance of thyroid hormone, the condition of hyperthyroidism may occur. In this condition, metabolic processes are sped up, which can be dangerous and inconvenient. Men may experience an increased amount of bowel movements throughout the day, as well as dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy. They may also experience a faster heart rate and heart palpitations. Over time, an increased heart rate can increase the risk for developing heart disease. Other symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include intolerances to heat, anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, and digestive issues. Balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men to overcome the symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid Gland Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune thyroid gland disorders occur when a malfunction in the immune system causes the body to attack the thyroid gland. One such autoimmune disease is Hashimoto’s, and while this disorder more commonly affects women, a wide number of men also develop it. This autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland, which can cause an over production or reduced amount of thyroid hormone. Usually, Hashimoto’s disease manifests with symptoms of hypothyroidism; however, the gland can become inflamed and have an excessive amount of thyroid hormone production, which typically presents with symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Depending on the individual, symptoms of either an underactive or overactive thyroid gland can occur.
Another autoimmune disorder related to thyroid gland function is Grave’s Disease, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks specific elements of cells in the thyroid gland. This disease usually causes symptoms of hyperthyroidism to occur, and it has a few other trademark symptoms. In Grave’s disease, carbohydrate like substances can build up behind the eyes, which causes them to protrude out of the head. It can also cause goiter, which is growth that occurs on the side of the neck. Goiter can reach the size of a small bowling ball or grapefruit, which can lead to vocal issues and other musculoskeletal issues. Balancing the body’s output of thyroid hormone can help men to balance autoimmune disorders such as Grave’s Disease and Hashimoto’s.
Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey offers a concierge medical approach that gives patients unlimited amounts of visits and complete access to the doctor around the clock through text, email, or phone calls. During the first year of treatment, men can feel like they have a personal physician that can help guide them back to health. Men will not be charged for repeat office visits no matter how many times they need to come in. The clinic has used Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and nutritional therapies as a part of the Healthy Aging Male Program to help men regain their health and wellness levels, while reducing the effects of thyroid disorders. Many men have been able to overcome their health related challenges and increase their overall vitality.