- Detects Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) at Concentrations > 5ml U/L
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Imbalance can Lead to Weight Gain, Dry Skin, Fatigue and More
- CLIA Waived Test and Instant Results in Minutes
- Must be Purchased as a Full Box of 20
- For Professional Use Only
This TSH blood test provides qualitative determination of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in whole blood samples at concentrations > 5ml U/L. The thyroid test is intended for an ambulatory adult and cannot be used in screening newborns for hypothyroidism. It is ideally performed on individuals who are showing symptoms of hypothyroidism which include weight gain, dry skin, constipation, cold intolerance, puffy skin, hair loss, fatigue and an irregular menstrual cycle in females.
The test is simple to use and delivers accurate results in just a few minutes. However, it should be noted that this TSH test is intended for professional use only. The TSH result is based on a chromatographic immunoassay method and any positive result must be confirmed using a quantitative laboratory TSHassay.
A few of the common symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid are:
- Weight Gain - Fatigue - Depression
- Dry Skin - Cold Intolerance - Hair Loss
A few of the common symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid are:
- Weight Loss - Nervousness - Fatigue
- Heat Intolerance - Muscle Weakness - Insomnia
- Heart Palpitations
Biological Risk Factors for thyroid disease include:
- Known Thyroid Disorder - Goiter - Diabetes
- Anemia - Premature Gray Hair
Family History Risk Factors include:
- Diabetes - Pernicious
What is the Thyroid gland?
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland, located at the front part of the throat just below the Adam's apple (in the front part of the neck, in front of the trachea (wind-pipe) and esophagus (food-pipe)). The thyroid gland takes up iodine from the food we eat. It also makes a couple of important hormones, called thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones help regulate the body's metabolism, or how the body creates and uses energy.
What is the recommended Age for Thyroid Testing?
Even though Thyroid problems can occur at any age, there is a great frequency in patients over the age of 60. So thyroid testing is recommended as you get older.
How often should I take the thyroid test?
Because there are so many different health problems associated with either an underactive or overactive thyroid gland, it is essential that basic thyroid functions be tested regularly. No such thing as being too safe, but for the optimum detection Thyroid should be tested every 6 months.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Hypothyroidism is generally treated with iodine and or/medication to support thyroid hormones. A person with hypothyroidism may require life-long supplementation and follow-up care.