Dr. Babcock: Hypothyroidism


If you are suffering from unexplained hair loss, depression or fatigue, you could be living with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Babcock has a new treatment approach.

Dr. Brandon Babcock, from the Functional Endocrinology Institute of Utah, explains his unique treatment approach to hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease treatment.

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease are both thyroid disorders that can be caused by heredity and family history, diabetes, previous thyroid conditions, and age and gender can contribute having these diseases as well. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with these conditions and the older a person is, the more likely they are to have them.

Although they are both thyroid disorders, they are still considered to be different diseases. Having hypothyroidism means that a person has an underactive thyroid that is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone, which can affect the entire body. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease, meaning a disease where a person’s immune system actually attacks tissues within their body. And in the case of Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system is attacking the thyroid. Often times a patient having hypothyroidism is a direct result of them first having Hashimoto’s disease.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include brittle nails, feeling lethargic, the inability to concentrate, memory loss and dry skin. And a few of the less common symptoms are weight gain and an enlarged thyroid gland. Other symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease can also include weight gain, constipation, joint and muscle pain and a slowed heart rate. These are all in addition to the fatigue, hair loss and depression.

Many patients who have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease are given thyroid hormone medications, which is something that a number of them will have to take for the rest of their lives. Instead of approaching treatment with medications, Dr. Babcock designs customized diet, supplemental and exercise plans for each of his patients. His focus is working with them and teaching them how to make healthier life choices, which can lead to overall health improvement and a better quality of life. By following his recommendations and coming in for regular check-ups and progress evaluations, his patients can begin to see results in as little as

3 months.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Babcock, call (801)565-1411 today.

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