Thyroid Care Profile in India
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What is Thyroid Care Profile?
Health care providers use thyroid care profiles to check if the thyroid is working well in an individual or not and find the major causes of problems like hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. For the uninitiated, the thyroid is a small gland in the shape of a butterfly located in the front part of the neck. The thyroid gland makes a couple of thyroid hormones, namely triiodothyronine or T3 and thyroxine or T4. These thyroid hormones control the way the human body makes use of energy. Hence, they have a major effect on almost all the organs in the body, including the heart.
What does Thyroid Care Profile include?
Doctors might prescribe blood tests to check a person’s thyroid function. These tests include T4, T3, thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH, and thyroid antibody tests. For the tests, healthcare professionals will take blood from the patients’ arms and send the same to a laboratory for testing.
- The TSH test checks the amount of TSH in blood. TSH is the hormone produced in the pituitary gland telling the thyroid the amount of T3 and T4 it needs to make. High TSH means the person is suffering from hypothyroidism, and low TSH means the person has hyperthyroidism. In case the TSH tests results are not normal, other tests are used to find the main cause of the issue.
- T4 tests are done to check for hyperthyroidism. High T4 levels mean that the person has hyperthyroidism, while low T4 levels mean the person has hypothyroidism. There are cases where low or high T4 levels do not mean that a person has thyroid issues. In case of pregnancies and in cases where women take oral contraceptives, the levels of thyroid hormone will be higher.
Benefits of Thyroid Care Profile
A thyroid care profile is used for determining whether your thyroid gland is working properly. It measures the amount of thyroid hormones in a person’s blood. The thyroid care profile is done by drawing blood from the vein in the arm. The blood test results are used for diagnosing thyroid diseases.
The thyroid care profile usually checks patients for whether they have:
- Hypothyroidism: This condition entails having an underactive thyroid that produces very few thyroid hormones. The condition slows down a person’s metabolism, resulting in menstrual irregularity, weight gain, fatigue, puffy and dry skin, and various other symptoms. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease.
- Hyperthyroidism: The condition entails having an overactive thyroid that produces many thyroid hormones than what is required by the body. The condition speeds up metabolism resulting in rapid heartbeat, weight loss, puffiness around the eyes, anxiety, insomnia, and other symptoms. Graves’ disease is mainly responsible for hyperthyroidism.
A thyroid care profile is used for diagnosing thyroid problems related to hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. They are:
- Thyroid tumours
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Graves’ disease
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodule
The thyroid care profile is used to monitor treatment in patients suffering from thyroid diseases and investigate the main causes of infertility.
How much does Thyroid Care Profile cost?
The cost of a thyroid care profile is Rs. 199, with three blood tests included in the package. The package covers risk assessment for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. It will be the ideal package if you are experiencing sudden unexplained weight gain, weight loss or a lot of hair loss. This is an affordable thyroid care profile package. You will get free consultations with some of the topmost doctors, the same pickup facility right from your doorsteps, and reports available online within 48 hours of sample collection.
How long does it take to complete the Thyroid Care Profile?
You can expect to receive the results for the Thyroid Care Profile within 24 to 48 hours after the samples are collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What is the procedure for Thyroid Care Profile?
A lab specialist will come to collect your blood sample at a preferred time slot. Please make sure to follow the preparations required for this Thyroid Care Profile. After collecting the samples, the specialist will send them over to the lab partner. The lab partner will analyze the samples based on the tests listed in the package. You will then receive the full report within 48 hours of sample collection on the MFine web and app platform.
What preparation is required for Thyroid Care Profile?
There are no special preparations needed for thyroid care profile. If your doctor has prescribed some other blood tests, you might need to remain empty stomach for several hours before the test. Consult your healthcare professional or doctor if you want to know about any special instructions that you must follow. The test is performed any time of the day. You must not feel any kind of pain except a small prick of the needle in your arm. Slight brushing is also possible. You also do not need to stop taking the medicines before the thyroid care profile. Nevertheless, let your healthcare provider know about the medicines you are taking. This is important because certain drugs can affect thyroid function.
Why book Thyroid Care Profile through MFine?
A thyroid care profile is conducted to ensure that the thyroid gland is working properly. An overactive or underactive gland can cause serious health problems and disorders. If your blood tests suggest certain thyroid gland problems, it is crucial to get yourself further screened for detecting the cause. There are different diagnostic centres and hospitals that carry out thyroid care profiles at affordable rates. There can even be variations in the test rates depending on where the test is being done. For the best results, you can always choose MFine for your thyroid care profile. Here you will find the best-experienced doctors to carry out your tests.
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Frequently asked questions on Thyroid Care Profile
Are MFine's lab partners NABL accredited?
Yes, all our lab partners are NABL (National Accreditation Board of Testing and Calibration of Laboratories)-accredited labs. Thyrocare, Prima Diagnostics, Neuberg, Healthians, to name a few, are our top lab partners. Most of our lab partners have state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities for diagnostic tests.
Can I avail at-home sample collection for Thyroid Care Profile on weekends?
Yes, we provide sample collections on all days of the week. The timings can vary based on the test, and tests that require 8 to 10 hours of fasting may have morning slots.
Is fasting required for Thyroid Care Profile?
Usually, no. But special precautions, including fasting, should be followed before undergoing the thyroid care profile. Nevertheless, your pathologist or treating doctor will be guiding you in this direction. For instance, if you are required to undergo certain health examinations along with the thyroid care profile, you might have to fast for a minimum of eight to ten hours. You can have water because drinking water does not fall under the fasting violation.
What samples are collected for Thyroid Care Profile?
The thyroid care profile involves a procedure called vein puncture through which a lab technician collects blood samples from the vein. The blood samples are collected to find TSH levels in the blood. This is used for measuring thyroid activity in an individual’s body. The blood sample is also collected for the T4 test that checks for overactive thyroid.
When will I receive my test results for Thyroid Care Profile?
You will receive your test results within 48 hours of sample collection. You can download your reports on the MFine web and app platforms.
Will I get the result interpretation for my test results?
You will have a free doctor consultation along with your test results for Thyroid Care Profile. Our senior doctor will help you understand your results accurately and advise medications and lifestyle changes wherever required.
Which is the best place in India for Thyroid Care Profile?
A thyroid care profile is taken to understand and determine thyroid disorder related to hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, an overactive or underactive thyroid. The best place in India for taking the thyroid care profile is MFine, where you will find the best lab technicians collecting a blood sample and providing a report within 48 hours of sample collection.
Can Thyroid Care Profile detect cancer?
While a few of the tests included in the package may indicate the chances of cancerous growth, it is not definitive. It is always advisable to follow up with a doctor and go through further testing.
Thyroid Care Profile vs. Advanced Thyroid Care
The main difference between thyroid care profile and advanced thyroid care lies in the tests conducted under these packages. The thyroid care profile involves a thyroid-stimulating hormone test and FT3 and FT4 test, while the advanced thyroid care profile includes a thyroid-stimulating hormone test, FT3, and FT4 test, and thyroid microsomal antibody test. There is also a big difference in the rates for both these tests.
Can Thyroid Care Profile detect common conditions or diseases associated with the test?
Yes, it is possible to detect other common diseases and conditions associated with the test by undergoing a thyroid care profile. It mainly helps detect the common diseases associated with increased levels of thyroid hormones in the body and the cause of infertility.
Does Thyroid Care Profile pose any risk?
This test procedure does not come with any potential risks or threats. The only thing you will feel is a small prick in your arm when the needle for collecting your blood sample goes in. It can even result in slight bruising or pain that will disappear gradually.
Should I take thyroid tablets before thyroid care profile?
Yes , you can take your thyroid tablets before the test. Also, consult your healthcare provider for such recommendations because they know your health conditions and might give you some other useful advice.
Is there any common medicine that interferes with Thyroid Care Profile?
Yes, there is one common medicine that can interfere with thyroid care profile: Biotin or Vitamin B7. This over-the-counter supplement can result in some form of aberrancy in thyroid care profile even when the values tend to be normal. Thus, it is advisable to avoid taking biotin for at least two days before the thyroid care profile.
What do the results mean?
Low TSH means that your thyroid is making a lot of hormones resulting in hyperthyroidism and high TSH means your thyroid is not making sufficient hormones resulting in hypothyroidism. If you do not get normal test results, your doctor might order other tests to determine the main cause behind your thyroid issue.
What else do you need to know about the thyroid care profile?
Different thyroid gland functioning changes can take place during pregnancy. Such changes are not very important, but women are likely to develop thyroid problems and diseases during pregnancy. If you fall prey to these problems during pregnancy, you must get your health regularly monitored by your healthcare provider.