The thyroid gland is one of the larger endocrine glands, and it is located just below the thyroid cartilage which may be better known as the “Adam’s apple.” The butterfly shaped thyroid is typically the size of your two thumbs held together in a V-shaped fashion. The two thumbs represent the two lobes of the gland which is connected by the isthmus. It produces a number of hormones such as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine or tetraiodothyronine), which help in weight control and the functioning of other body organs. Thyroid hormone production is regulated by TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) which is produced by another endocrine gland, the anterior pituitary. Thyroid gland problems include over-active thyroid or hyperthyroidism, and under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism.

You should get your thyroid tested to identify any problems that may have developed. For example, untreated hypothyroidism could lead to myxedema coma which results in respiratory and heart failure. Also, untreated hyperthyroidism could lead to osteoporosis and even sudden cardiac arrest. At Health Testing Centers you can get the tests you need without a doctor’s visit. All you have to do is call the toll free number for a consultation so that you can receive the LabCorp requisition form via email. Take the form to the designated lab so they can draw blood for the tests. Most results are returned to you in just one or two days. Abnormal results will be flagged so you can take further action. You can visit thyroidtest.org for more information.

Among the thyroid tests offered at Health Testing Centers is the Level I Thyroid Function Test. This includes a thyroid profile which is a batch of tests ordered together to evaluate and diagnose thyroid malfunctions. The profile measures the uptake of T3 as well as the presence of the T4 and T7 hormones. The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood test is also part of the Level I test. This test can measure the thyroid hormone levels. It lets you know if there is an excess of the thyroid hormones being produced (hyperthyroidism) or a shortage in the hormones being produced. You may also order a more comprehensive series of tests called the Thyroid Function Test Level II. You can check out the details and prices at www.thyroidtest.org.