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Thyroid problems are common and with the thyroid self-test you can easily check if this little gland in the neck is working properly. The two most common causes of thyroid problems are either a thyroid gland working too fast or a thyroid gland working too slowly.
The test is simple. Through a finger prick, you take blood, and then we test thyroid function in our lab. Do you suffer from fatigue, coldness, dry skin, hair loss or other slow thyroid symptoms? Test you then with Easly and get a quick answer.
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The thyroid gland is a small organ located low in the neck, where the inner ends of the collarbones meet. The thyroid gland is small but powerful. In fact, it is responsible for a number of important processes, including metabolism in a very broad sense.
The thyroid gland exercises its affects metabolism through thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is made by the thyroid gland itself and consists of two variants: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). In addition to thyroid hormone, the thyroid gland also produces calcitonin, which, along with another hormone, is responsible for the amount of calcium in the body.
The production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland is under the influence of TSH, or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. TSH is released by the pituitary gland, a little organ in the brain. In turn, the pituitary gland receives orders from the hypothalamus, another area of the brain, which releases Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). Sufficient T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) in the blood inhibits the release of TSH. In this way, this negative feedback system ensures optimal balance. Thus, the TSH value is the most important value measured by thyroid test. If it is abnormal, T4 and T3 levels are also measured.
Unfortunately, the thyroid gland does not always work properly. The two most common causes of thyroid problems are either a thyroid gland working too fast (or hyperthyroidism) or a thyroid gland working too slowly (or hypothyroidism). The cause of a thyroid gland working too fast or too slow can be located either in the thyroid gland itself (primary hyper- or hypothyroidism), or outside the thyroid gland (secondary hyper- or hypothyroidism), such as in the brain.
The most common cause of an underactive thyroid gland is Hashimoto’s disease. This is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system produces antibodies that target and destroy thyroid tissue. As a result, the thyroid gland produces less and less thyroid hormone, causing a deficiency. In the blood, there will be low T4 and high TSH levels. In addition, antibodies (anti-TPO and anti-Tg) can be determined in the blood. In the case of Hashimoto, these antibodies are almost always present. However, these antibodies can also be present in other thyroid disorders and even in healthy individuals. Hashimoto is most common in women between the ages of 30 and 50.
These are some slow thyroid symptoms:
Primary hyperthyroidism, a thyroid gland that works too fast, is caused by Graves’ disease in about 70 to 80% of cases. Graves is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s own immune system turns against the body’s own cells or cell components. Graves’ disease releases antibodies that cause the thyroid gland to produce a lot of thyroid hormone. So this leads to an overactive thyroid. In the blood, there will be high T4 and low TSH levels. Graves is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 50.
Symptoms that may occur with a thyroid gland that works too fast:
Thyroid problems are more common in women than in men. In fact, a properly functioning thyroid gland is essential for a healthy pregnancy. The thyroid plays a role in the stimulation of ovulation and the production of sex hormones. Thus, proper thyroid function is necessary for fertilization, implantation and full-term pregnancy. Sufficient thyroid hormone is also needed for the unborn baby’s brain development.
Even after pregnancy, the thyroid remains important. In about 5% of women, inflammation of the thyroid gland occurs after childbirth, due to a (temporary) autoimmune reaction. This is called postpartum thyroiditis. Postpartum thyroiditis generally occurs within a year of delivery and can involve either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
For thyroid symptoms, it’s best to test right away so you have quick peace of mind.
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Activate the test and take your sample in the morning. Send it back the same day, free of charge, with the enclosed shipping label.
Easly has a fully certified laboratory, where expert personnel process your sample. Professional and accurate.
Within 48 hours of receiving your sample, we share the test result with you confidentially in our portal and app.
Validation and personal consultation by our physician. When you repeat the test, you can follow the development of your values in a graph.