Stuart Lerner, MD

Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine located in Kailua, HI

Are you among the more than 12% of Americans who suffer from a thyroid problem? If so, reach out to the professionals at Stuart Lerner, MD, in Kailua, Hawaii, for an assessment and treatment. Dr. Lerner offers comprehensive, individualized care with a focus on innovative strategies to optimize your health. To schedule your consultation, call or use the online booking tool today.

Thyroid Q & A

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in front of your throat, right below the Adam’s apple. Every human has one. The thyroid uses iodine to produce hormones that regulate your metabolism, or the rate at which your body turns oxygen and food into energy.

Your pituitary gland, found in the brain, controls the thyroid. A properly functioning thyroid is essential for a healthy heart rate, sufficient body warmth, and normal energy levels.

What are common thyroid conditions?

Sometimes, your thyroid is disordered or otherwise compromised. Among the most common thyroid ailments are:

  • Goiters (enlarged thyroid glands)
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism

You can be born with thyroid problems or develop them later in life. Thyroid conditions often run in families.

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that causes the thyroid to produce too many hormones. Hyperthyroidism causes symptoms like:

  • Weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems and irritated eyes
  • Hand tremors

About 1% of the American population suffers from a type of hyperthyroidism called Graves’ disease. This autoimmune disorder is genetic.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism. Those with hypothyroidism have a thyroid that doesn’t produce enough hormones. Common symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Moderate weight gain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Feeling cold

Hypothyroidism has non-specific symptoms, so if you notice a combination of any of these, it’s important to get your thyroid checked.

How do you treat thyroid conditions?

With proper treatment, patients can enjoy a full life, even with thyroid conditions. Dr. Lerner approaches thyroid treatment with a mixture of traditional drug therapy and holistic practices like lifestyle and diet adjustments and stress management.

In general, when you focus on reducing inflammation in your body, you can improve your condition. Every person is different, and Dr. Lerner bases your treatment on your individual needs.

If you’re ready to take your life back from your thyroid condition, make an appointment with Dr. Lerner today. Schedule your appointment over the phone or using the online booking tool.