Is this blood test right for you?
Do you want to find out more about your thyroid health? Do you have symptoms affecting your mood, energy levels, skin and hair quality? If you're looking for a Essential Thyroid check then this is the test for you!
A compact thyroid profile for those wishing to monitor their hormone levels whilst on thyroid medication.
This test is available as a finger prick or vacutainer sample collection option. You can also choose to visit a BMI Hospital or have a Nurse Home Visit. Select option at checkout.
Blood Test Explained
Below we have explained each inclusion.
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a hormone manufactured in the pituitary gland (found in the brain). It s role is to stimulate thyroxine production in the thyroid gland (found in the neck). A high level within a health screening is associated with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and a low level is found if the thyroid gland is over-active (hyperthyroidism). Changes in the TSH level alone can indicate underlying thyroid problems even if the thyroxine levels are normal.
Free T4 (free thyroxine) is the active form of thyroxine, released from the thyroid gland in the neck. Its role is to control metabolism - release of energy from all cells of the body. A lack of thyroxine leads to, for example, tiredness and weight gain, whereas an excess will lead to weight loss, rapid heart rate and anxiety. It is generally believed that this level (FT4) is the most reliable indicator of thyroid status - ie whether the gland is over-active (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism).
Free T3 (Free Triiodothyronine) - This is one of two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This measures the level of T3 that is 'free' and is able to regulate metabolism.
Cortisol As Cortisol decreases TSH, thereby decreasing thyroid hormone production, as well as inhibiting T4 to T3 conversion, measuring Cortisol is important and is now included in all Blue Horizon postal Thyroid Profiles.
Magnesium is very important and relates to the Thyroid gland in many ways, in fact the thyroid cannot function without magnesium as it is responsible for helping make more T4 within the Thyroid gland. It also helps in converting inactive T4 into an active form of T3, this allows the metabolism of body cells which are enhanced by T3 (unlike inactive T4).
A deficiency in Magnesium has also been linked to goiter and/or enlarged thyroid gland.
Shortness/loss of breath
Feeling warm and sweating excessively
Irregular bowel movements
Feeling cold constantly
Weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight
Issues with Breathlessness
Low basal temperature
Low basal temperature
Dry hair and skin
Loss of libido
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