Hypothyroidism 12 Common Symptoms. Is It Time To Call Your Doctor?


Hypothyroidism also known as an under active thyroid, presents with a variety of symptoms. These           symptoms arise because your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. When this  occurs it causes a slowing down of all your bodies processes. Here are common symptoms that indicate you  may have hypothyroidism.

  • Fatigue: Hypothyroidism, one of the main symptoms, and often the first sign of hypothyroidism is fatigue. Without enough hormone your body slows down. You may have trouble getting up in the morning despite getting 8 or more hours of sleep each night..
  • Weight Gain: Hypothyroidism slows your metabolism down, which can make you gain weight, even though  you eat healthy and exercise.
  • Feeling Cold: Without adequate thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism active, you may feel like you are always cold no matter what the temperature is.
  • Depression: Hypothyroidism can also cause mood disorders like depression and or anxiety. It can also worsen symptoms in people who already have depression. If your mood is low, get your thyroid checked.
  • Memory Problems: Low thyroid hormones cause a slowing of all processes in your body including your brain. You may have difficulty focusing, problem concentrating, suffer from mental fatigue, and problem with short term memory. Although there are many causes, your thyroid could be the problem.
  • Muscle and Joint Pains: Hypothyroidism can cause your muscles and joints to hurt. The pain can be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. Left untreated some people can develop muscle profound weakness. Again there are many causes of joint, and muscle pain but if you have persistent aches and pains its time to call your doctor.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, you should make sure to have your thyroid levels checked.Hypothyroidism is a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling and or pain in your hands.
  • Constipation: Hypothyroidism is associated with slowing down of your digestion system, resulting in constipation. The thyroid can make your whole digestive system “lazy”. The proper blood test may reveal its due to low thyroid hormone.
  • Change in Menstrual Cycle. You may develop lighter periods or even skip your menstrual cycle if you thyroid hormones are low. A change is your cycle may indicate thyroid disease.
  • Infertility: If your thyroid is underactive it can interfere with your fertility. Talk with your doctor about checking your thyroid if you are having fertility problems.
  • Elevated Cholesterol: If you have elevated cholesterol, your thyroid may be to blame.
  • Dry Hair and Skin: You can develop dry hair and skin. Some people also notice hair loss. A classic sign of hypothyroidism is the absence of hair on lateral one third of your eyebrows.

In addition if you have a family history of hypothyroidism you are at an increased risk of developing an underactive thyroid. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to discuss these with your doctor. Make sure to discuss any family history of thyroid or autoimmune diseases. When asking to have your thyroid checked, make sure they do a complete profile and not just check your TSH. You should have FreeT4, FreeT4, RFreeT3, Thyroid antibodies and also have your adrenal function tested. If your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, they can cause your thyroid to not produce enough thyroid hormone. Additional testing may be indicated depending on your symptoms.

If you think you may have an underactive thyroid, we can help!

To schedule a consult with Dr. Betty Keller call 201 485 7930

Optimal Wellness Center 172 Franklin Ave Suite 4A Ridgewood NJ 07450


How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Cholesterol naturally occurs in the body.  Good health is linked to having the right amounts of cholesterol in the blood.  But people worry about high levels of blood cholesterol, because it plays a major role in heart disease, stroke and clogged arteries.  People with inherited family traits for high cholesterol levels worry that the body will naturally make too much of it. To avoid the cost and side effects of drugs, many people want to keep levels low through natural means.

Controlling levels of cholesterol is challenging because of the body’s ability to make its own.  Natural methods for reducing high cholesterol are an important part of staying well, where drug therapies alone may not give you the healthy outcome you want most.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a soft fatty substance in the bloodstream.  The liver produces cholesterol and the body absorbs it from foods coming from animal sources.  Meat, fish, cheese, milk products, and eggs all contain cholesterol.  Foods from plants do not contain cholesterol.

Every cell in our body contains cholesterol (in cell membranes), and it’s a necessary part of maintaining health.  But because it travels in the blood stream, too much cholesterol can cause problems for blood circulation and heart health.  It travels in particles called lipoproteins.  The “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol measured with blood tests refers to the two types of lipoproteins in the cells.  The truth is, a healthy body needs the right amount of both lipoproteins in the blood.

The two types of cholesterol proteins in the blood are: low density lipoprotein, and high density lipoprotein.

Low Density Lipoprotein, or LDL, is commonly known as “bad” cholesterol because it can build up on the lining of blood vessels.  LDL forms deposits with other particles on the lining of arteries, a coating known as plaque.

Plaque buildup over time can cause a number of serious health conditions and risks. These include hardened arteries, heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Lowering high levels of LDL can reduce plaque buildup, or even stop it.  At the Optimal Wellness Center of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Dr. Betty Keller orders blood tests and helps patients learn and understand their cholesterol levels. According to The National Institute of Health, the recommended optimal level of LDL is below 100mg/dL.

High Density Lipoprotein, or HDL, is commonly called the “good” cholesterol.  This protein carries cholesterol from other parties of your body back to the liver.  The liver then removes the cholesterol from the body with bile. The higher your HDL, the lower your risk of heart disease. According to The National Institute of Health, people with cholesterol >60 mg/dL have a lower risk of heart disease. Those with HDL<40 mg/dL have a higher risk.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices to Control Cholesterol Levels

High LDL levels can occur because of your own body chemistry.   But even so, you can prevent high levels of bad cholesterol by choosing physical activities and foods carefully.  A healthy diet and regular exercise can significantly decrease your cholesterol levels, and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.   Still, in some cases, your body may need some drug therapy, in addition to lifestyle changes, to lower your cholesterol to healthy levels.

Which Lifestyle Choices Lower “Bad” and raise “Good” Cholesterol?

1) Weight Loss: If your body is somewhat overweight, losing extra weight is one of the best things you can do to improve your cholesterol levels.

Even small amounts of weight loss can help meaningfully: taking off only 5 to 10 pounds can lower blood cholesterol.

2) Enjoy heart-healthy physical activity: As little as 30 minutes a day of appropriate exercise not only lowers bad cholesterol, it can raise good cholesterol.  It improves balance, strength, and can make the difference between dependence and independence in later years.

If you’re just starting out, your doctor can help you choose the right types of activities at the right intensity to begin.  Appropriate exercises can be rhythmic, repetitive activities that get your circulation going at a healthy intensity for you.  Walking, aerobic dancing, cycling with family or friends can all become part of a healthy lifestyle.  One that’s naturally low in cholesterol.

Dr. Betty Keller works with patients from New York City, Northern NJ and Bergen County NJ to lower cholesterol and promote health, at the Optimal Wellness Center.  Her therapeutic approach combines traditional medicine, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and acupuncture.  Patients receive effective, personalized treatment plans to prevent chronic disease.  For an in-person consultation in her Franklin Lakes, NJ office, contact 201-485-7930.