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Are you experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism like fatigue and weight gain?

Dr. Aleem Kanji is a thyroid specialist that will take the time to understand your concerns and goals, so he can help you optimize your thyroid hormone level and feel your best.

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Your Hormone Health Can’t Wait Longer

Were you diagnosed with hypothyroidism (a low thyroid level)? Are you experiencing symptoms of a low thyroid level like fatigue, weight gain, or other symptoms?
You are busy balancing your work, family, and trying to find time for your health.

You should not have to experience seeing a doctor who doesn’t have the time to understand your concerns and goals.

Dr. Aleem Kanji is the endocrinologist and weight loss specialist that removed the interference of insurance to take the time to understand your concerns and goals.

Avoid suffering from the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Imagine: Leaving your consultation with a game plan. Your thyroid levels increase to normal and symptoms resolve.

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What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is too little production of thyroid hormones, T4 and T3, from the thyroid gland.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Causes of hypothyroidism include:

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: This is when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, decreasing the thyroid gland’s ability to produce thyroid hormone. This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
  • Atrophic thyroiditis
  • Surgical removal of half or all of the thyroid gland
  • Radiation treatment
  • Medications
  • Damage to the pituitary gland
  • Rare disorders that infiltrate the thyroid gland
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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty tolerating cold
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Constipation
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular menstrual periods

How does Dr. Kanji treat hypothyroidism?

Though hypothyroidism can’t be cured, it can be managed by replacing the thyroid hormone the thyroid gland can no longer make. The thyroid hormone replacement will bring the thyroid levels back to normal.

  • Thyroxine (T4): Taken once daily by mouth, it fully replaces the low T4 level and successfully treats the symptoms of hypothyroidism in most patients.
  • Liothyronine (T3): For the few patients who do not feel completely normal taking T4 alone, the addition of T3 may be of benefit.
  • Long-term follow-up: Regular monitoring of thyroid hormone levels is recommended. If you are not taking enough thyroid hormone, some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism may continue. If you take too much thyroid hormone, you may have symptoms of an overactive thyroid, including anxiety, palpitations (a racing heart), trouble sleeping, and shaking.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hypothyroidism

What lab tests are used for testing for hypothyroidism?

  • TSH: TSH is thyroid-stimulating hormone released from your pituitary gland. TSH will be high if there is not enough thyroid hormone. Normal ranges for TSH vary by lab and are dependent on age (TSH normally rises as we age).
  • Free T4 and Total T3: T4 and T3 are thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland. A low level of free T4 and/or T3 test can suggest hypothyroidism.
  • Thyroid Peroxidase (anti-TPO) Antibody: This test detects the presence of antibodies targeted against the thyroid. People with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have these antibodies, but people whose hypothyroidism is caused by other conditions may not. TPO antibodies may also be present in people without hypothyroidism.

What are complications of hypothyroidism if left untreated?

  • Goiter
  • Heart problems such as enlarged heart or heart failure.
  • Mental health issues such as depression.
  • Myxedema coma, a rare life-threatening condition that can result from long-term untreated hypothyroidism. Myxedema coma requires immediate emergency treatment.
  • Birth defects. Babies born to women with untreated hypothyroidism are more likely to be stillborn or premature. They may also have lower IQ later in life due to underdevelopment of the brain.

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Meet Aleem Kanji, M.D.

Aleem was born in Chicago and moved to Houston at a young age. He was raised in Houston and the suburb of Sugar Land. After graduating high school, Aleem attended Houston Baptist University where he completed a double major in Biology and Business. He ventured to west Texas where he earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

He returned to his hometown of Houston where he completed 3 years of internal medicine residency at the highly ranked Baylor College of Medicine. Aleem pursued his passion for endocrinology by completing a 2-year fellowship in adult endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine, which included training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital.

He is board-certified in:

  1. Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  2. Obesity Medicine
  3. Internal Medicine

In addition to working with patients and improving their experience, Aleem enjoys spending time with his family, being a girl dad, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing basketball.

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We help individuals who don’t feel their best by taking the time to listen, performing a detailed evaluation, and creating a plan to optimize their hormone and metabolic health so they feel better.