Thyroid test is a blood test that measures the level of thyroid hormones in your body. Thyroid hormones control how fast your body uses energy and how much energy you have.
The thyroid gland is located in your neck. It makes the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones control how fast your body uses energy and how much energy you have.
The thyroid test is done to check for problems with the thyroid gland, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
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What is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck. It produces hormones that regulate your metabolism and growth. The thyroid regulates how quickly your body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. The thyroid also helps regulate many body processes, including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and muscle tone.
What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid hormone helps regulate how your body uses energy from food, which is why it’s so important for metabolism. It also plays a role in growth, development, and brain function. When the thyroid isn’t working properly, it can cause your metabolism to slow down or speed up—even if you’re not eating more or exercising less. This can lead to weight gain or loss, fatigue, irritability, muscle weakness, and tremors.
Who is Affected by Thyroid Disease?
- Thyroid disease can occur at any age, but it’s most common in people aged 40-60.
- Women are more likely than men to have thyroid disorders, although men may experience symptoms earlier.
- People with other conditions that affect the immune system (such as lupus or diabetes)
- People who have been exposed to certain toxic substances, such as carbon monoxide and radioactive iodine
- The most common thyroid disease is Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition that causes thyroid gland inflammation. It occurs when your immune system attacks your body’s cells—in this case, your thyroid cells.
- There are several types of Hashimoto’s disease: subacute granulomatous (SGA), colloid goiter (CG), and lymphocytic infiltration (LIF). Typically, SGA is adults’ most common form of Hashimoto’s disease.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Thyroid Disease?
The most common signs of thyroid disease include:
- Weight gain or loss
- Muscle aches and pains
- Dry skin and hair, especially thinning hair on the head
- Feeling cold all the time or having difficulty getting warm
What Thyroid Diagnosis and Tests are Performed?
To diagnose your thyroid condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms.
They may also take a sample of your blood to test for thyroid disease. The following tests can help detect the most common causes of a thyroid disorder:
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test measures the amount of TSH in your blood. If levels are too high or too low, it may indicate an underactive or overactive thyroid gland, respectively.
Free thyroxine (FT4) test: This measures the amount of FT4 in your blood. If levels are too high or too low, it may indicate an underactive or overactive thyroid gland, respectively. Thyroid peroxidase antibody test: This test looks for signs that you have Hashimoto’s disease or Graves’ disease by testing if you have antibodies against these conditions in your blood sample.
T3 (Triiodothyronine): This test measures the amount of triiodothyronine (T3) in the bloodstream; it should be between 100 and 200 ng/dL for optimal thyroid function.
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