Thyroid profile

Your thyroid produces hormones that are essential for metabolic processes and body growth. The thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is crucial for the production of the hormones. TSH stimulates the production of T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which regulate your metabolism, growth and body temperature. Thyroid hormone disorders can be associated with reduced performance, weight and mood swings. Taken together, the three values ​​can provide conclusions about the function of your thyroid gland.

What are the reasons for my levels to change?

Many reasons can lead to your thyroid to be overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism), these include:

When should I get tested?

Having either too much or too little hormones in your body can cause both unpleasant symptoms and potentially serious issues that may require treatment. Symptoms can vary depending on if the thyroid is overactive or underactive. You should look out for the following symptoms of a thyroid disorder:
Overactive (hyperthyroidism)
Underactive (hypothyroidism)
In women specifically a thyroid disorder may affect their period, causing heavy or irregular bleeding.

What is being tested:​

FT3 or free triiodothyronine is an important marker in the assessment of thyroid function. An FT3 test is done to evaluate thyroid function and to detect disorders in thyroid function, such as overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). A low FT3 level can indicate an underactive thyroid, while a high FT3 level can indicate an overactive one. An FT3 test can also be used in monitoring thyroid treatment and thyroid hormone adjustment.

Thyroxine (T4) is the main hormone created by the thyroid. Most of the thyroxine is inactive as it is bounded to proteins. Only small amount of thyroxine is unbound (free). To get an accurate picture of how the thyroid is functioning, the free thyroxine levels are measured. Thyroxine is important for the body as it is converted to triiodothyronine (T3), which helps to control the body’s metabolism. A low level of T4 means that thyroid is underactive, and a high level of T4 means that the thyroid overactive.
THS is a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland which is a small pea-sized gland that plays a major role in regulating vital body functions and general wellbeing. The body produces TSH to regulate the production of T4 and T3. If the T4 and T3 levels are too low more THS is produced and vice versa.