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Low Thyroid

Posted by Jane Jansen on

Have you been to the Doctor with all the symptoms of thyroid problems only to be told your blood tests are normal and there is nothing wrong with your thyroid?

Subclinical hypothyroidism—is where you have all the signs of hypothyroidism but your lab tests are essentially normal. It is also referred to as mild thyroid failure, is diagnosed when peripheral thyroid hormone levels are within the normal range, but thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is mildly elevated.

The pituitary gland produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). When the levels of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 are low, the pituitary gland sends out TSH to tell the thyroid to make more T3 and T4. And the reverse is also true. If the pituitary gland senses the levels of T3 and T4 are too high, it slows down the production of TSH.

Statistics show that one in eight women between the ages of 35 and 65 and one in five women over the age of 65 have some form of thyroid disease. In the United States and other areas of adequate iodine intake, autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto disease) is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Testing for thyroid antibodies (autoimmune) is not usually ordered by doctors even though up to 80% of hypothyroid patients test positive for this. Approximately 26 percent of women in or near perimenopause are diagnosed with low thyroid (hypothyroid) and after menopause puts women at a greater risk.

People who experience a combination of multiple symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, cold intolerance, depression, anxiety, dry skin, muscle pain, forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating, constipation, irregular menstrual cycle, infertility, fullness in the throat and hoarseness, point towards thyroid dysfunction.

According to the American Thyroid Association, “Iodine is an element that is needed for the production of thyroid hormone. The body does not make iodine, so it is an essential part of your diet. Iodine deficiency can lead to enlargement of the thyroid / goiter.”

L-Tyrosine is an amino acid the thyroid gland combines with iodine to make thyroid triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones.

Women with thyroid problems often suffer from depression and/or anxiety. One explanation for this is that the most biologically active form of thyroid hormone, T3, is actually a neurotransmitter that regulates the action of serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA that affects depression and anxiety.

People with subclinical hypothyroid also often have elevated triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

Most of all people with subclinical thyroid don’t feel great and no matter what they do they keep ending up feeling the same. Overweight, balding, tired, stressed, and out of balance.

With many of my patients I suggest doing a basal body temperature chart because the thyroid regulates metabolism and body temperature. If your reading is consistently below 97.8 and you have multiple symptoms, there is a good chance your thyroid in mildly under active even if your blood tests are normal.

There are numerous supplements, including herbal, glandular and homeopathic formulas that can help the thyroid function normally. However, balancing the Thyroid can be a bit tricky and best done with a practitioner. Call 508-336-4242 for Consultations (in-office or by telephone) with me.

Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner  Tree of Life Wellness Center, Inc. Seekonk, MA 02771

Host Holistic Healthline Radio

 


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