Do you suffer from unexplained fatigue, hair loss or depression? You could be living with an underactive thyroid.
Dr. Brandon Babcock, a doctor of chiropractic at Utah Integrated Health Center, visited Studio 5 to tell us all about his unique approach to treating hypothyroidism that involves more than just taking medications.
Dr. Babcock explained that in healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid “runs” our metabolism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.
Approximately 10 million Americans have this common medical condition. In fact, as many as 10% of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. Dr. Babcock explained that the underactive thyroid is basically not producing enough of the thyroid hormone, which can affect a person’s entire body. There are many factors that contribute to a person having hypothyroidism, almost too many to count. But some of these causes include heredity and family history, previous thyroid problems, conditions like diabetes, and two of the biggest factors contributing to these conditions are age and gender. Women are more likely than men to have these disorders and the older you are, the more likely you are to have them as well.
In addition to fatigue, hair loss and depression, Dr. Babcock said other 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.
Many patients who have hypothyroidism are given thyroid hormone medications, which is something that a number of them will have to take for the rest of their lives. At Utah Integrated Health Center, Dr. Babcock takes a different approach in treating hypothyroidism. Instead of approaching treatment with medications, Dr. Babcock designs a customized diet along with 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 Dr. Babcock’s recommendations and coming in for regular check-ups and progress evaluations, his patients can begin to see results in as little as 30 to 60 days.
For more information or schedule an appointment with Dr. Babcock, call (801) 337-9797. The first 25 callers to schedule an appointment and mention they saw Dr. Babcock on Studio 5 will receive a free consultation valued at $70.00.