Understand your thyroid hormone status via a simple, near painless, finger prick test.
The Complete thyroid screen test will screen and monitor your thyroid hormone health. Thyroid disorders are a growing concern and a common problem that can cause symptoms because of over, or under, functioning of the thyroid glands. The thyroid gland is an essential organ for producing thyroid hormones.
Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body.
What is tested?
TSH –TSH short for thyroid stimulating hormone acts on the thyroid gland to stimulate production of the thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Higher than normal TSH can indicate a disorder of the thyroid gland, while low TSH can indicate overproduction of, or excessive supplementation with, T4 and/or T3, which acts in a negative feedback on the pituitary to reduce TSH production.
Free T4 – Is known as Thyroxine, the predominant hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It is an inactive hormone, and is converted to its active form, T3, within cells. Low TSH combined with low T4 levels indicates hypothyroidism, while low TSH and high T4 levels indicate hyperthyroidism. High TSH and low T4 indicate a thyroid gland disease, such as autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s).
Free T3 – Is known as Triiodothyronine which is the active thyroid hormone that regulates the metabolic activity of cells. Free T3 is the non-protein-bound fraction circulating in the blood, which is available to tissues. Elevated T3 levels are seen in hyperthyroid patients, but levels can be normal in hypothyroid patients because it does not represent the intracellular conversion of T4 to T3, which comprises about 60% of all T3 formed in tissues.
TPOab – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies is an enzyme used by the thyroid gland in the manufacture of thyroid hormones by liberating iodine for attachment to tyrosine residues on thyroglobulin. In patients with autoimmune thyroiditis (predominantly Hashimoto’s disease), the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland, and levels of these antibodies in blood can diagnose this condition and indicate the extent of the disease.
You should screen for this test if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Feeling cold all the time
- Low energy and stamina
- Irregular bowel habits – constipation/loose stools
- Dry, thinning, and itchy skin
- Hair loss
- Water retention
- Menstrual irregularities
- Low sex drive
- Memory lapses or slow/fuzzy thinking
- Dry/brittle hair and nails
- Weight loss
- Muscle and joint aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Heat or cold intolerance
- Weight gain
RESULTS:10-15 Business Days