TFT or Thyroid Test Price
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What is the Thyroid Test?
The thyroid is a gland in the human body located in the neck region. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone which is responsible for converting the food into energy i.e. metabolism of the body. The right amount of hormone generated by the thyroid gland ensures that all body parts including heart, liver, and kidneys perform their functions well.
The thyroid gland itself is managed by the pituitary gland which is a small gland located at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland produces a hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which governs the functioning of the thyroid gland.
The thyroid test will help to detect any abnormalities in the thyroid gland. The thyroid test is also referred to as TFT or thyroid function test. To test whether your thyroid gland is functioning well, the doctors generally prescribe the TSH test in addition to the tests of the hormones that the thyroid gland itself produces.
What are the reasons for thyroid dysfunction?
Anyone can develop thyroid dysfunction and the reasons may not be known. It generally impacts Indian women much more than Indian men. Middle-aged women are more likely to have it but younger women are also at risk. There are broadly four factors which may contribute to thyroid dysfunction:
- Stress: Some studies have shown that there is a correlation between the stress one takes and the development of thyroid dysfunction. Stress leads to the production of cortisol, a hormone, which impacts the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which in turn leads to thyroid diseases.
- Certain foods should be avoided: Some foods like high sugar drinks, sugar substitutes, and fat substitutes may be bad for thyroid function. Also, certain vegetables called cruciferous vegetables including cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, and others should be cooked or steamed before eating. The raw form of these vegetables contain goitrogens which can impact thyroid function negatively.
- Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D deficiency can have many negative impacts on the body including the impact of the function of the thyroid gland. Given that vitamin D has many important functions in the body and Indians are facing vitamin D deficiency epidemic, you may want to check your vitamin D levels.
- Environmental factors: PFCs which are used in water-resistant clothing and non-stick cookware may impact thyroid negatively if the exposure is high.
What are the diseases associated with thyroid?
There are various kinds of diseases that can impact thyroid gland. The key diseases are:
- Overactive thyroid gland: Overproduction of thyroid hormones results in a disorder called hyperthyroidism. This condition results in very fast body metabolism and can have various negative consequences. Covered in detail in the next sections.
- Underactive thyroid gland: If the thyroid hormone production is lower than normal, hypothyroidism occurs. This condition slows down body’s metabolism resulting in increased weight as one of the negative consequences. (Covered in detail in a later section).
- Enlarged thyroid gland: This condition called goiter, can lead to an abnormally shaped thyroid gland. The gland may produce too little or too much thyroid hormones.
The different symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism.
Who should get tested for thyroid dysfunction?
We recommend that thyroid function test should be done as a part of the annual preventive health tests. For women aged over 40 this test should be done annually. For men and women who have symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, thyroid test should be done immediately.
Studies in India have shown that most people do not realize that they have thyroid disorders because the symptoms are general in nature. However, it is important to catch the thyroid disorder quickly to be able to manage it well.
What is Hypothyroidism?
The underproduction of the thyroid hormone is called hypothyroidism. The following are the key symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain without eating too much or without any change in the exercise schedule
- Dry skin
- Low heart rate
- Feeling cold when others are feeling fine
According to some estimates, 1 in 10 Indians suffers from hypothyroidism while the awareness of this condition remains quite low.
What is Hyperthyroidism?
Overproduction of thyroid hormones in the body is called hyperthyroidism. The key symptoms of hyperthyroidism are:
- Muscle weakness
- Mood swings
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry skin
If the results are abnormal then you may be asked to take further tests like thyroid scan for further diagnosis.
What are the remedies for thyroid dysfunction?
If the thyroid disease is caught in time, medication can help in the management of the condition. One should always consult the doctor to ensure that the right treatment plan is followed. According to certain studies, the following steps can help with proper thyroid functioning:
- Reduce stress: Since stress produces cortisol which can have a negative impact on thyroid function, reducing stress through meditation, positive thoughts or changing your environment may help in thyroid management.
- Supplements: Supplements like iodine, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin D can help strengthen thyroid function if the thyroid is caused by the deficiency of these nutrients.
- Drop soy products and gluten: Some studies suggest that soy and gluten impact thyroid function negatively. Reducing these ingredients can help in thyroid function.