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Thyroid Bioidentical Hormones
About Thyroids

Thyroid - triodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), are produced by the thyroid gland which is primarily responsible for the regulation of metabolism. Iodine is necessary for the production of T3 and T4. The major form of thyroid hormone in the blood is thyroxine (T4), which has a longer half-life than T3. T4 is converted to the active T3 (three to four times more potent than T4) within somatic cells by deiodinases (5'-iodinase).

Both T3 and T4 are used to treat thyroid hormone deficiency (hypothyroidism). They are both absorbed well by the gut, so can be given orally. Levothyroxine is the pharmaceutical name of physiological thyroxine (T4), which is metabolized more slowly than T3 and hence usually only needs once-daily administration. Natural desiccated thyroid hormones are derived from pig thyroid glands, and are a "natural" hypothyroid treatment containing 20% T3 and traces of T2, T1 and calcitonin. Also available are synthetic combinations of T3/T4 in different ratios (such as liotrix) and pure-T3 medications (liothyronine).

Levothyroxine is usually the first course of treatment tried by conventional medicine. However, levothyroxine contains only T4 and is therefore largely ineffective for patients unable to convert T4 to T3. That is why some patients feel that they do significantly better only on desiccated thyroid hormones. These patients may choose to take natural thyroid hormone as it contains a mixture of T4 and T3.

Desiccated thyroid is also used successfully in treatment of certain fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes.
Why Optimize Thyroid Levels with BHRT at Forever Ageless
  • Decrease overall mortality
  • Prevent coronary artery disease
  • Prevent diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance
  • Prevent stroke risk
  • Prevent congestive heart failure
  • Prevent respiratory failure
  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Prevent decline in cognitive function
  • Relieve associated chronic constipation
  • Prevent weight gain and water retention
  • Improve body composition and cholesterol
  • Relieve fatigue
  • Improve memory and mental activity
  • Improve skin and hair quality
  • Resolve muscle aches
  • Improve libido and sexual function

Symptoms of Thyroid Hormone Deficiency
  • Cold intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Bradycardia
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sweating
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Fibromyalgia and joint pain
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Thin brittle fingernails
  • Depression
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Female infertility
  • Hyperprolactinemia and galactorrhea
  • Elevated serum cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Goiter
  • Slow speech
  • Hoarse, breaking voice
  • Deepening of the voice due to Reinke's edema
  • Dry, puffy skin, especially on the face
  • Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows (sign of Hertoghe)
  • Abnormal menstrual cycle
  • Low basal body temperature
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired cognitive function (brain fog) and inattentiveness
  • Diminished cardiac output and decreased contractility
  • Reactive or postprandial hypoglycemia
  • Sluggish reflexes
  • Hair loss
  • Anemia caused by impaired hemoglobin synthesism decreased erythropoietin levels, impaired intestinal iron and folate absorption or B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath with a shallow and slow respiratory pattern
  • Increased need for sleep
  • Irritability and mood instability
  • Yellowing of the skin due to impaired conversion of beta carotene to vitamin A (cartoderma)
  • Impaired renal function with decreased glomeruylat filtration rate
  • Acute psychosis (myxedema madness - a rare presentation of hypothyroidism)
  • Decreased libido in men due to impairment of testicular testosterone synthesis
  • Decreased sense of taste and smell
  • Gynecomastia
  • Enlarged tongue
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