Hypothyroidism Specialist

Vibrant Wellness Clinic

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Enumclaw, WA

Obesity is a national health crisis with as many as 7 out of 10 adults in the US considered overweight or obese. Being overweight isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it causes a wide range of chronic, life-changing health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Emi K. Hosoda provides weight loss planning, functional medicine and holistic primary care in Enumclaw, WA. Dr. Hosoda serves Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Buckley, South King County, Seattle and Seattle’s East side, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Pierce County. Dr. Hosoda has a nation-wide following and has patients who travel far and wide to seek her care.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

If you’re diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you have an underactive thyroid gland that isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone to meet your body’s requirements. When your body doesn’t have enough thyroid hormone, it uses energy at a slower rate than it should.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Your body uses the thyroid hormone to regulate nearly all your body processes like your metabolism, mental function, energy levels, heart activity, sleep, muscle control, and much more. 

Because of this, an underachieving thyroid affects many different body systems and can cause a wide range of health issues, like:

  • Fatigue
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of libido
  • Anemia
  • High cholesterol

Hypothyroidism develops slowly and symptoms vary from patient to patient. Most symptoms are also so generalized and common to other diseases that patients ignore them or are misdiagnosed. However, an untreated hypothyroidism issue can lead to life-threatening consequences and premature death. If your condition becomes advanced, hypothyroidism can affect major systems like your:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Renal system
  • Nervous system
  • Reproductive system

If you notice any symptoms, it’s important to get tested right away and not allow the disease to become an advanced condition.

How do you treat hypothyroidism?

Dr. Hosoda, assesses your condition using blood tests to measure the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone and the hormone thyroxine that is present in your blood. If your levels are low, it can indicate an underachieve thyroid and hypothyroidism.

Once Dr. Hosoda confirms your diagnosis, she uses hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore your normal thyroid levels and reverse the symptoms of your hypothyroidism. The practice uses natural, plant-based bioidentical hormones, which mimic the exact molecular structure of hormones produced by your body. These hormones are custom-made for you, so you can expect minimal side effects.

Dr. Hosoda uses HRT combined with dietary changes that include foods rich in iodine and zinc to improve your thyroid functions.

If you notice troubling symptoms, talk to Dr. Hosoda, and get tested for hypothyroidism. To learn more about the various treatments that can help your condition, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment.