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Thyroid Specialist

Aveda Integrative Medical Center

Deepti Saxena, MD

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in Redlands, CA

Have trouble sleeping? Unable to lose weight despite your best efforts? You may have a thyroid disorder. Thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism are particularly common in women. Deepti Saxena, MD, at Aveda Integrative Medical Center in California, offers expert diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders, with customized bioidentical thyroid hormone combinations and nutritional supplements. Take charge of your health today by calling or booking a consultation online.

Thyroid Q & A

What are thyroid disorders?

Your thyroid gland directs vital body functions, but sometimes it produces too much or too few thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism occurs when your glands produce fewer hormones than your body needs.

Hypothyroidism can happen at any age, but it’s especially common among older people, particularly women. About 10% of older women have hypothyroidism.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

The most common symptoms are fatigue and an inability to lose weight. But as your metabolism slows down due to an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones, you may experience an array of other symptoms. These include:

  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Brain fog, including poor memory and poor concentration
  • Restless sleep
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Constipation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Thinning hair
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • PMS
  • Significantly calloused heels
  • Chronic yeast infections

You also may notice your sex drive is lower than normal.

What is the process for diagnosing thyroid disorders?

Many doctors use the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test to diagnose hypothyroidism, but this test fails to catch the condition in 80% of patients who have low thyroid hormone levels. Rather than relying on the TSH test, Aveda Integrative Medical Center specializes in a comprehensive testing for hypothyroidism, including:

  • Free T4 (thyroxine)
  • Free T3 (triiodothyronine)
  • Reverse T3
  • Sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB)
  • Leptin

If these tests show you’re suffering from hypothyroidism, Dr. Saxena comes up with a targeted treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and set you on the road to wellness.

What is the treatment for hypothyroidism?

Your treatment at Aveda Integrative Medical Center includes customized bioidentical thyroid hormone combinations of T4/T3, as well as time-released T3. Bioidentical hormones are nearly identical to the ones made by your own body, but are made out of natural plant materials.

Dr. Saxena also recommends nutritional supplements to help regulate thyroid balance and support a healthy metabolism. The treatment can yield dramatic results, including:

  • More energy
  • Weight loss
  • Enhanced sense of well-being
  • Improved skin tone
  • An end to hair loss
  • Enhanced immunity

If you’re ready to reclaim your health and start enjoying life again, call Aveda Integrative Medical Center today or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Saxena.

We are happily accepting new patients! We service patients from all over the San Francisco Bay Area including: Livermore, Pleasanton, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro, Union City, Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo.