The Hidden Epidemic of Low Thyroid Function | Know Your Numbers

Episode 849 42m


Do you feel fatigued, lethargic, and sluggish, especially when you wake up in the morning? Do you have poor-quality, cracked nails? Are you cold all the time? Do you have dry skin, coarse hair, or hair loss? Are you depressed? Are you constipated? Do you have muscle and joint pains? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be one of the 38 million Americans with low thyroid function.

In today’s episode of a new series I’m calling Know Your Numbers, I dive deep into thyroid dysfunction. I discuss why millions of people suffer with undetected thyroid issues, how conventional medicine misses the mark in measuring thyroid levels, how Functional Medicine treats hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, and much more.

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Topics Covered

  • Symptoms and prevalence of hypothyroidism


  • Autoimmune thyroid disorders: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism


  • What does a healthy, hypo- and hyper- thyroid gland do?


  • Risk factors for thyroid problems


  • Gluten and other drivers of thyroid problems


  • How conventional medicine misses the mark with thyroid testing and treatment


  • The Functional Medicine approach to thyroid testing and treatment


  • Addressing poor thyroid function using diet, lifestyle, and supplements diet


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Dr. Mark Hyman: Coming up on this week's episode of the Doctor's Pharmacy from 2009 to 2019, the percent of our population with low thyroid function went from 4.6% to 11.7%. So what is going on with the more than doubling of the prevalence of thyroid problems? Welcome to Doctor's Pharmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and that's pharmacy with an alpha place for conversations that matter. Welcome to my new podcast series called Know Your Numbers. It's designed to help you understand how your body works, what your own lab and biological data means. The lens of functional medicine, which is a science of creating health. Now for too long, healthcare has required you to go through your doctor to access your own blood tests and biology and rely solely..

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Ep. 849 - The Hidden Epidemic of Low Thyroid Function | Know Your Numbers