Yearly hormone and thyroid testing is highly recommended to keep an eye on one’s health. Simon Wellness Consultants in St. Petersburg offers comprehensive male and female test panels to determine your overall state of hormonal balance. The tests include thyroid test panels and salivary adrenal test panels.
Why Hormone and Thyroid Testing is Important
The thyroid gland produces certain chemicals that regulate your body’s overall use of energy. This butterfly shaped organ is located at the base of the throat, and although it is comparatively small in size, it impacts every part of your body.
Hormone and thyroid testing is important because proper functioning is responsible for many of your essential bodily functions, including:
- Metabolism and body weight
- Heart rate and breathing
- Central and peripheral nervous systems
- Muscle strength
- Body temperature
- Cholesterol levels
What are the Signs of Thyroid Dysfunction?
Given that the hormones produced by the thyroid regulate so many vital body functions, imagine what happens when your gland is not working properly.
Yearly hormone and thyroid testing is recommended because people in St. Petersburg often deal with problems such as weight gain or high cholesterol through various methods that are costly and require much effort, but are disappointed by the lack of results. They think they are doing something wrong and blame themselves when the real culprit may be an imbalance in the gland— an overproduction or underproduction of the necessary hormones.
With hyperthyroidism, your body speeds up due to the release of an excessive amount of hormones. You may feel a high amount of anxiety or skittish nervousness from the ramped up production. Another major problem for people in St. Petersburg is the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, making it difficult to function properly. Extreme weight loss from an overactive metabolism may seem like a dream for some, but with hyperthyroidism, it is a real problem. Some of the other major signs of this condition may include:
- Fatigue, insomnia, or weight loss
- Muscle weakness and hand tremors
- Mood swings, nervousness, and anxiety
- Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
- Increased bowel movement frequency
- Menstruation: light periods or skipped periods
With hypothyroidism, your body slows down. You may feel sluggish from lack of energy; your skin may look rough and dry, bowel movements might be slower, and your mind may begin to lose its sharpness. Some of the major signs of an underperforming gland may include:
- Fatigue, weakness, depression, or memory loss
- Weight gain and irritability
- Coarse, dry hair and hair loss
- Dry, rough, pale skin and cold intolerance
- Muscle cramps and constipation
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased sex drive
What Happens after Hormone and Thyroid Testing?
It is natural for hormone production levels to decline with age for everyone. This is a normal part of the aging process. With hormone and thyroid testing, we determine whether your hormone levels are at their optimal performance for your age, body type, and health history.
If our tests detect an extreme in production —either too much or too little— we can help you understand what treatment or therapy options are available in St. Petersburg for your specific condition. Medication, certain therapies, lifestyle changes, natural solutions, and other options may have the power to improve your life significantly and prevent future health problems in the body functions that are directly related to your hormone levels.
Many people in St. Petersburg are not aware of the state of their thyroid, but being genuinely health conscious involves taking preventative steps to know your body. Hormone and thyroid testing is one of the best steps you can take to understand yourself.
Call Simon Wellness Consulting for Your Hormone and Thyroid Testing
If it is time for your yearly hormone and thyroid testing or if you have never been tested and would like to find out more, call Simon Wellness Consulting in St. Petersburg at 727-239-9443 for a consultation. We will be glad to discuss any concerns and answer your questions.