This check examines a detailed look at your thyroid function including antibodies and thyroid nutrition for optimum thyroid health. It can be used to help diagnose a thyroid disorder. It is important to diagnose and correct a thyroid problem. Both an overactive and underactive thyroid can cause serious health risks is left untreated. An underactive thyroid can cause weight gain, dry skin/hair and fatigue. An overactive thyroid can cause you to feel sensitive to hear, often anxious and have trouble gaining weight.
This test includes (expand individual tests for details):
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is produced in the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones (T3 & T4.) High levels of TSH indicate an underactive thyroid while low levels indicate an overactive thyroid.
Thyroxine (T4) is one of two major hormones produced by the thyroid gland (the other is called triiodothyronine (T3)). This test can tell whether the thyroid is performing properly. Thyroid hormones help regulate your metabolism (how the body functions).
Thyroglobulin is a protein produced by the thyroid gland. Usually Thyroglobulin does not enter your blood, however, if your thyroid is inflames or is under attack from your own immune system, then it can enter the blood steam and be detected. High levels indicate an autoimmune thyroid disease.
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies/Anti TPO
Thyroid peroxidase is an enzyme which is produced in the thyroid gland. It plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones. This test looks for antibodies to thyroid peroxidase. The presence of these antibodies in your blood suggests that the cause of thyroid disease is an autoimmune disorder, such as Hashimoto disease or Graves disease.
Triiodothyronine (T3) is one of two major hormones produced by the thyroid gland (the other is called Thyroxine(T4)). This test can tell whether the thyroid is performing properly. Thyroid hormones help regulate the your metabolism (how the body functions).