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Comprehensive thyroid testing to check that your gland is functioning effectively
The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that produces hormones that control the metabolism and have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing. Thyroid disorders are common, affecting around one in 20 people in the UK.
London Medical’s top endocrinologists are expert at diagnosing, treating and monitoring thyroid disease. If you’ve had unexplained weight gain or loss, or you’re feeling tired, irritable and unwell, London Medical offers comprehensive thyroid function tests to check that your thyroid is healthy and working well.
What are the symptoms of thyroid disease?
The symptoms of thyroid disease may be subtle and develop gradually so that problems can often be missed.
Hypothyroidism is the medical term for an underactive thyroid. It’s a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones are crucial for driving the body’s metabolism. When there’s too little, the body processes slow down, making you gain weight and feel sluggish, cold and exhausted. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Tiredness and loss of energy
- Weight gain
- Low mood and depression
- Increased sensitivity to the cold
- Dry skin and hair falling out
- Thinning of the eyebrows
- Muscular aches
Hyperthyroidism is the medical term for an overactive thyroid. It’s a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid hormones drive the body’s metabolism, so when the gland is overactive you may lose weight, feel hot and hyperactive. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
- High energy and hyperactivity, however conversely people can also feel fatigued
- Anxiety and irritability
- Palpitations and irregular heartbeat
- Problems sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Disturbed menstruation - periods may be absent or infrequent
- Low libido
For anyone who is worried about their health and concerned about thyroid disease, London Medical offers screening investigations, expert analysis and supportive care by experienced endocrinology consultants.
Thyroid testing at London Medical
The endocrinology consultants at London Medical will listen carefully to your concerns, perform a detailed examination and arrange for investigation in the state-of-the-art outpatient clinic.
The definitive way of testing for a thyroid problem is by performing a quick, simple blood test to the check the levels of thyroid hormones. London Medical offers tests for a number of different hormones to provide a detailed analysis of the thyroid function. This includes:
- Thyroxine (T4)
- Tri-iodothyronine (T3)
- Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which typically goes up when the thyroid is underactive
- Antithyroid antibodies which are produced in people with autoimmune thyroid disease
- Thyroid ultrasound if the gland is large or abnormal on examination
- Thyroid technetium scan in some cases
Having tests can be worrying, but staff at London Medical will be on hand to offer support and guidance throughout. A follow-up appointment will be arranged to discuss the results and make a customised treatment plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a founder of London Medical, Dr Ralph Abraham specialises in diabetes, weight management, endocrinology and cholesterol
Consultant endocrinologist, with a clinical practice in both general and specialist endocrinology.
Consultant in endocrinology, diabetes and general medicine with a special interest in thyroid diseases.
A paediatric endocrinologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is one of a team of paediatric endocrinologists seeing all endocrine patients at the split site London Centre of Paediatric Endocrinology
Honorary Consultant and Professor of Surgery, and chair in endocrine surgery at Imperial College London.
Specialist in endocrinology and diabetes who currently practices at several locations around London, including Barts Health NHS Trust.
Leading endocrinology and diabetes consultant physician and has a passion for high quality care.
Clinical lead for endocrinology and diabetes at Great Ormond Street Hospital. As a paediatrician, he treats patients aged between 0-25 years of age only.
With a focus on adults, Dr Chahal is a consultant in endocrinology, diabetes, bariatric medicine, and general internal medicine at Imperial College Trust.
Specialist consultant in diabetes and endocrinology with a particular interest in weight loss and weight management medications.
Consultant endocrinologist with over a decade’s experience in the treatment of diabetes.
Ms Melanie Davies is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and accredited subspecialist in reproductive medicine, treating ages of 14 and upwards.
Consultant physician in general internal medicine, treating patients over 16 years of age, with specialist interest in diabetes, endocrinology, and lipid metabolism.
Consultant physician and diabetologist based in London.
Associate specialist at UCL with clinical interests that include reproductive endocrinology, PCOS, fertility, recurrent miscarriage, premature menopause.
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