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Thyroid function affects the body in multiple ways, including metabolism, growth, and the body’s ability to process calories. An overactive or under-active thyroid gland can cause weight changes, fatigue, hair loss, anxiety, and depression.
The goal of thyroid screening is to prevent the risks that accompany undiagnosed thyroid disease, including clogged arteries, heart disease, and elevated cholesterol levels.
It is recommended that all adults starting at age 35 have a test done once every five years and more often if there is a family history of thyroid disease.
Our thyroid screens test for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels, which are an indication of a hypoactive (under-active) or hyperactive (overactive) thyroid. The screening test involves a small finger stick during which a blood sample is obtained and placed on the testing panel.
The test is then sent to the laboratory for processing. A confidential result is mailed to the donor with their TSH number for them to take to their personal physician for follow-up and lifestyle change recommendations.