Thyroid support refers to the administration of thyroid hormones to replenish hormones that a damaged thyroid gland fails to produce (replacement therapy), or to inhibit the growth or recurrence of thyroid tumors (suppression therapy). The thyroid gland, a small, butterfly-shaped organ at the base of the neck, produces the T4 thyroid hormone, which aids in energy usage, temperature regulation, and organ function. Hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid does not produce enough T4, is often the main reason for needing thyroid support.
Although no cure exists, proper management of hypothyroidism can allow individuals to lead an active and normal life. Thyroid support therapy utilizes thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid gland, T4 and T3, to mimic normal thyroid functioning. Depending on the individual, a combination of synthetic T4 and T3 or porcine thyroid may be most beneficial.
Adrenal support involves the use of medication to compensate for insufficient adrenal hormones caused by dysfunction of the adrenal glands, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus. Corticosteroids, which replace the body’s cortisol, are the primary medications prescribed for adrenal insufficiency. Maintaining normal levels of cortisol, which regulates the body’s energy conversion and cardiovascular function, is crucial.
The most common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include long-lasting fatigue, muscle weakness, appetite loss, weight loss, and abdominal pain.