One of the things I love to do is teach patients about physiology and really get them to understand their blood work. Thyroid studies are the most intricate and require the most in depth discussion with my patients. Let me try and explain them here so it makes sense to the average person. The thyroid gland sits in the center of the front of the neck on either side of the trachea (windpipe). It’s main function is to regulate our metabolism and control temperature in the body. There is not one cell in the body
Time and time again I here patients tell me that they had their testosterone levels (or any hormone level) checked and their doctor told them they were “normal”. Despite the fact that the patient is symptomatic (decreased energy, sex drive and libido) they leave without treatment thinking that they are “just getting old” because that is what their doctors tell them. The point of this blog is to let you know that “normal” is not optimal and that the majority of doctors miss this point. In addition, because the patients labs are “normal” they do not get treated.