Hypothyroid or under-active thyroid is defined by Mayo Clinic and The American Thyroid Association as a state in which the body’s ability to produce certain thyroid hormones are deficient to the demands of the body and or tissues.
Often times this has an insidious onset, taking months or years to surface in daily activity and symptoms.
In accordance to the American Thyroid Association (ATA) and Endocrine Society (ES), up to 12% has thyroid dysfunction sometime during their lifetime,
Estimated 20 million American have thyroid conditions of various types.
Up to 60% are unaware of their condition.
Furthermore, woman are five to eight times more likely than men to develop a thyroid problems, in accordance with ATA.
Causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown according to ES.
Undiagnosed thyroid conditions may put the patient at risk for certain serious disease such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and infertility.
Pregnant woman with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
Most thyroid diseases are a life-long condition that can be managed with medical attention.
Hypothyroidism has many symptoms that can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
a puffy face
joint and muscle pain
dry, thinning hair
heavy or irregular menstrual periods and impaired fertility
slowed heart rate
However, hypothyroidism develops slowly, so many people don’t notice symptoms of the disease.
Symptoms more specific to Hashimoto’s disease are a goiter and a feeling of fullness in the throat.
Hypothyroidism can contribute to high cholesterol, so people with high cholesterol should be tested for hypothyroidism. Rarely, severe, untreated hypothyroidism may lead to myxedema coma, an extreme form of hypothyroidism in which the body’s functions slow to the point that it becomes life threatening.
There are two main adrenal dysfunctions focused on at Frankl Clinic, the first is Hypercortisolemia (adrenal fatigue) and the second is Hypocortisolemia (adrenal insufficiency). Many times, symptoms of high cortisol can be similar to the symptoms of low cortisol, especially during times of stress. If left untreated, Hypercortisolemia can develop into Cushing’s Syndrome, which is a serious condition that can affect ALL body systems. Practitioner Frankl accurately diagnoses and properly treats these dysfunctions.
According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Information Service (NEMDIS) symptoms of hypocortisolemia and/or adrenal insufficiency may include:
Chronic and worsening fatigue
Loss of appetite and weight loss
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Low blood sugar
Dizziness or faintness upon standing
Craving for salty foods caused by the body’s loss of salt
Irritability and depression
Women may also develop irregular or absent menstrual periods
According to NEMDIS, symptoms of hypercortisolemia and/or adrenal fatigue include:
High blood pressure
High blood sugar
Increased thirst and urination
Mood changes such as irritability, depression and anxiety
The skin may also become thin and fragile, bruise easily, and heal poorly
Excess cortisol causes the bones to weaken, leading to increased risk of fractures
Women with Cushing’s often have excess hair growth on the face, neck, chest, abdomen and thighs and may have
Irregular or absent menstrual periods
Men may develop decreased sex drive and performance
Hormones in both men and women, are produced from the Endocrine System and they are considered to be the body's "chemical messengers." They truly have an effect on every system and organ in the body, which means an imbalance can cause a disruption or malfunction in nearly any part of the body! Balanced hormone production is vital to the human body and all of it's components and systems. (Visit hormone.org for additional information) Practitioner Frankl not only understands the hormones and their functionality but has the ability to identify problem areas and make the necessary correction for the body to resume proper function. He utilizes many different tools to balance the hormones such as sub-lingual medications, oral medications and pellets, depending on which will best serve the patient.
Regardless of the method, he is committed to the use of bioidentical hormones instead of the typical synthetic hormones commonly prescribed in the traditional medical setting.
Female Hormone Balance
The healthy hormone cascade of a woman is of vital importance to her overall well-being. Imbalance can happen at any age for a multitude of reasons. Symptoms of imbalance can include:
Heavy Periods • Irregular Cycles • Ovarian Cysts • Cramping • Endometriosis
Weight Gain • Anxiety • Mood Swings • Migraines • Fatigue • Decreased libido
Hot Flashes • Memory Problems • Brain Fog and many more...
Many hormone issues present themselves as a woman nears menopause. Menopause is defined by the Endocrine Society (ED), Hormone.org and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologist (ACOG) as the time in a woman's life when she stops having menstrual periods. The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause, or “around menopause.” Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years that began in puberty.
The National Institute of Aging, a division of the NIH, states the average age of menopause in the natural cycle is 51. Some women will begin in their 40's and others in their 50's. There is also surgical menopause. This is when they remove the uterus or the uterus and ovaries surgically. This surgical procedure will induce a state of menopause when both procedures are done simultaneously. Menopause can be diverted in later years when the ovaries are left intact and are in a functioning state of health.
It has been stated in The Endocrine Society, Hormone.org and ACOG that the most effective method of treating menopause symptoms is through hormone therapy. For hormone therapy to be successful, it is imperative that it is directed by a practitioner that has a great understanding of the hormone cascade and uses ONLY bioidentical hormones. Most healthcare providers have a limited understanding and use synthetic hormones; this has caused much detriment to women and hormone therapy as a whole. Practitioner Frankl not only fully understands the hormone process, but he only uses bioidentical hormones. This sets him apart from other providers and it is why he has had so much success in helping women feel better.
Hormone therapy can consist of one hormone, estrogen and often times two specific hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones can be delivered in many different forms. Practitioner Frankl utilizes many methods and will identify which will best suit you to eliminate your symptoms.
Some of the symptoms a woman may experience peri-, during or post-menopause are:
Loss of libido
The Frankl Clinic focuses on individualized treatment for each patient. The treatment will be tailored to your physiological state, demand and patient's choice. The method of hormone delivery can be sub-lingual, cream, capsules and pellets. Practitioner Frankl will assess your personal situation and determine which hormones and delivery method is best for you to help you Restore Balance.
Call 806-368-7730 today and Restore Balance in your life!
Male Hormone Balance
Testosterone is a key male hormone involved in maintaining sex drive, sperm production and bone health according to The Endocrine Society. When testosterone levels start to drop in the late 20's and 30's depending on the individual, this will create a precipitous drop over the life span.
Hypogonadism, or better known as low testosterone, is defined by The Endocrine Society and Hormone.org as the under production of sperm or testosterone of both the testes. Some of the signs and symptoms of low testosterone are:
Reduced sexual desire (libido)
Decreased spontaneous erections
Breast discomfort or enlargement
Loss of body hair
Small or shrinking testes
Low sperm count
Height loss, low bone mineral density, easily fractured bones
Reduced strength and muscle bulk
The Frankl Clinic focuses on individualized treatment for each patient. The treatment will be tailored to your physiological state, demand and patient's choice. The delivery methods offered in Testosterone replacement therapy are sublingual, cream, shots and pellets. Practitioner Frankl will assess your personal situation and determine which hormones and delivery method is best for you to help you Restore Balance.
Call 806-368-7730 today and Restore Balance in your life!
Thyroid Dysfunction is actually quite common in America. The severity may be vastly different, but many people suffer from this. Practitioner Frankl specializes in treating Thyroid Dysfunction and accurately diagnoses and properly treats it. He does NOT treat based solely on lab tests, nor does he use synthetic thyroid. Instead, he takes the patient's full clinical picture into account and he uses bioidentical thyroid hormones. These are just two reasons that make him different from most endocrinology specialists and that make him highly successful in his treatment.