Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness

Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD

Integrative Medicine Physician & Preventative Medicine Specialist located in Thousand Oaks, CA

Hypothyroidism is a common condition that affects your body’s metabolism, which regulates how your body converts food into energy. If you have hypothyroidism, you may feel fatigued or struggle with weight gain. At Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness in Thousand Oaks, California, Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD, provides expert care for men and women with hypothyroidism. Dr. Lawrence emphasizes natural medicines and integrative methods for hypothyroidism management. To learn more, book an appointment online or by phone today.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that creates hormones and regulates your body’s energy usage, growth, and development. An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, occurs when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones.

Hypothyroidism is most common in middle-aged and older women, but people of any age and gender can develop the condition. Over time, hormonal deficiency can contribute to health conditions like obesity, heart disease, and be a source of infertility for women.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Symptoms of hypothyroidism aren’t always noticeable at first, and the severity of your symptoms depends on the severity of your hormone deficiency. Symptoms often develop over a period of years and can be difficult to detect.

Left untreated, your symptoms can get worse and become more obvious. Common signs of hypothyroidism include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods
  • Depression

This is not a complete list of symptoms, and many people experience different combinations of side effects. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, you might have a thyroid deficiency. Dr. Lawrence can usually diagnose hypothyroidism in a simple process involving a blood test, and there are many treatment options available to help you manage the condition.

What natural treatment options are available for hypothyroidism?

A common treatment for hypothyroidism is a prescription medication of synthetic hormone replacement, but this treatment isn’t always the best option for everyone. There are a number of natural medicines and remedies that can treat hypothyroidism without the side effects of synthetic medication.

Dr. Lawrence treats patients with hypothyroidism by helping them find the best natural treatment for their condition. By addressing the root cause of the condition, symptoms are often improved.

Natural treatment can include vitamin B supplements to improve thyroid health, and probiotics, selenium, and diet changes can also help. Additionally, limiting sugar intake and switching to a gluten-free diet can improve thyroid function and your overall health.

Hypothyroidism is a common condition, but it’s easy to manage with the right help. Talk to Dr. Lawrence to learn more about hypothyroidism and get started on a treatment plan that works for you. Book an appointment at Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness online or by phone today.