Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones. It affects up to 15% of Americans, and is 6 times more common in women than men.
Untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, including high cholesterol, heart disease, infertility and depression. A few simple blood tests can help diagnose hypothyroidism.
Are you feeling especially fatigued or have unexplained weight gain? If your provider suspects that you may have hypothyroidism based on your symptoms, past medical history, and family history, they will ask you to complete an initial blood test screening for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
We partner with Quest Diagnostics to administer the TSH and thyroxine tests (pricing may vary in NY).
Requires you to collect your own blood sample through a finger prick (not available in NY).
Your Alpha Provider will contact you to discuss the results of your TSH test and next steps. If your TSH level is elevated, in combination with other risk factors, your provider will ask you to repeat the TSH and thyroxine (free T4) blood tests to confirm whether you have underactive thyroid before prescribing medication. The tests can be completed via:
We partner with Quest Diagnostics to administer the TSH and thyroxine (free T4) tests (pricing may vary in NY).
We can treat you with just the initial TSH test.
The standard treatment for hypothyroidism is synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine. This medication is FDA-approved and shipped to you for free. Insurance is accepted.
Your Alpha Provider can help you find the right dose of treatment that is simple, safe, and effective.
Do you have hypothyroidism? What causes it and what are the risk factors?
Answer questions about your health condition online. A medical provider will review your responses and follow up with lab test instructions within 24 hours.
Collect and ship your blood sample from home, or have your blood drawn at our partner lab, Quest Diagnostics. Once your results are ready, our medical team will reach out to discuss next steps.
Medications will be shipped to you for free (or sent to your pharmacy for pick up).
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