Naturopathic Approach to Fatigue
Fatigue can be caused by various factors, and one such factor is hormones. Hormone imbalances can occur due to a variety of reasons, including changes in hormone levels due to age, stress, illness, or medication. Hormones that can contribute to fatigue include thyroid hormones, cortisol, and insulin. To determine if a hormonal imbalance is contributing to fatigue, the levels of these hormones in the blood can be measured, and an appropriate treatment plan can be developed accordingly.
Treatment may involve dietary changes, stress-management techniques, natural supplements, or in some cases, medication or hormone replacement therapy through estrogen or progesterone creams.
There are several nutrient deficiencies that can also lead to fatigue that we can screen for. Low levels of certain nutrients can begin to affect the body's ability to function and produce energy. We can screen for autoimmune conditions as well. When the immune system is on overdrive it uses up reserve energy stores and people may begin feeling worn out and exhausted. Identifying and treating hormonal and nutrition imbalances can help improve energy levels and overall health.
Naturopathic Blood Tests for Fatigue
Some of the causes of fatigue that we screen for include:
Anemia - CBC
Thyroid disease - Thyroid Panel
Adrenal fatigue - Cortisol
In practice, oftentimes TSH is the only thyroid marker tested. However, at our clinic we look at five different thyroid markers. This is because testing TSH alone may not provide a complete picture of a patient's thyroid function.
Sometimes TSH may normal, despite thyroid disease being present. To diagnose thyroid disorders accurately, it is important to look at other markers in addition to TSH. Other markers can provide a more comprehensive understanding of a patient's thyroid function and aid in the effective diagnosis and treatment