Speedoc hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism management

Take Charge of Your Thyroid Condition with Speedoc

What are thyroid problems?

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck. It carries out an important role in the body’s processes, such as regulating heart rate, body weight, temperature, menstrual cycles, nervous systems and cholesterol. Thus, an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can greatly affect one’s ability to carry out basic functions.

By the team at Speedoc,
 
July 17, 2020

The thyroid gland uses iodine from food we eat to make triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These two hormones should be balanced as an imbalance can cause hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM INCLUDE:

  • Weight gain
  • Impaired memory
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Fatigue
  • Face puffiness
  • Hair loss
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods

SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTHYROIDISM INCLUDE:

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue or muscle weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased appetite
  • Tremor, usually in the hands and fingers

Treating thyroid conditions

Treatment for thyroid problems starts by first identifying the underlying problem and restoring the balance of thyroid hormones using medication. If you have hypothyroidism, you will need hormone replacement, while you will need medication to slow down thyroid hormone production if you have hyperthyroidism. More complex cases may require further scans or surgery to remove the thyroid gland altogether as a last resort.

While there is no 'thyroid diet', certain foods can help improve thyroid function if you suffer from hypothyroidism. These include:

  1. Seaweed. Kelp, wakame, and nori are rich in iodine, a mineral needed for thyroid hormone production.
  2. Nuts and seeds. Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts contain selenium, which supports a healthy thyroid function.
  3. Fish. Fish, like salmon and cod, is rich in Omega-3 and selenium, both of which reduce inflammation.
  4. Yoghurt. Yoghurt is rich in zinc, which has been shown to increase T3 and T4 hormone production.
  5. Eggs. Aside from being an excellent source of protein, eggs also contain iodine and selenium. Make sure to eat the whole egg, including the yolk where most of the nutrients are.

WHAT HAPPENS IF HYPOTHYROIDISM OR HYPERTHYROIDISM IS NOT WELL-MANAGED?

If hypothyroidism is not managed properly, it may lead to cardiovascular problems such as heart failure, renal complications, infertility, muscle weakness or nerve injury and increase the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy.

If hyperthyroidism is not managed properly, you may experience heart problems, brittle bones, eye problems, red and swollen skin and thyrotoxic crisis.

Suffering caused by negligence or inadequate management of thyroid conditions and additional healthcare costs in the event of health complications can be avoided by taking charge of your chronic condition and actively seeking treatment to keep it well-managed.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN CDHM™ FOR THYROID CONDITIONS?

Under the CDHM™ programme for hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, you will see a Speedoc nurse twice in person, and a Speedoc doctor twice virtually as well.

Visit 1: Nurse home visit #1

To kickstart your CDHM™ journey, a Speedoc nurse will visit you in your home, at your convenience, to take blood samples required for the thyroid hormone measurement. Fasting for at least eight hours prior to your visit is required; your Patient Care Specialist will inform you on what you need to do when scheduling your appointment. If you requested for additional tests, the specimens will also be taken during this visit. All specimens will be sent to the laboratory on your behalf.

Visit 1.5: Doctor video consultation #1

Three to five days after your nurse visit, a video consultation with a Speedoc doctor will be scheduled to review your lab test results. Your doctor will explain the results to you and discuss your course of treatment over the next year. Medication will be prescribed to you if needed, and you can clarify any doubts with the doctor during the session.

Visit 2: Nurse home visit #2

Six months later, our Patient Care Team will give you another call to schedule a follow-up nurse home visit. During the house call, your nurse will perform blood taking for the same tests, so that a comparison of the results can be drawn to measure the effectiveness of your treatment.

Visit 2.5: Doctor video consultation #2

Similar to the previous visit, a doctor video consultation will be arranged three to five days after your nurse visit to review your lab results. The doctor will then conclude your treatment for the year with a new medication prescription and you will have the option to renew your enrolment.

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Ready to enrol in the CDHM™ programme for hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism, or simply wish to find out more?

Drop us a call or WhatsApp message at our hotline +65 8180 8948 (Singapore) or +60 11 4166 1178 (Malaysia), or email us at sgclinic@speedoc.com (Singapore) or contact.my@speedoc.com (Malaysia) and we will get back to you within 2 working days.