Do you have many of the symptoms of low thyroid, but have “normal” blood tests? Do you know which blood tests you have had to determine how your thyroid is working? As a practitioner, I am amazed at how many people know nothing about their own bloodwork and what it means.
But that doesn’t have to be. You can still join in on the Second Opinion Thyroid Sessions and learn so much from experts in the field!
While the thyroid is complicated, it doesn’t have to be. Just listening to these information packed interviews can bring you up to speed on what you need to know about your own thyroid health.
Which Blood Tests Are Needed
Many doctors, even endocrinologists who should know more about the thyroid than a primary care doctor, typically order the TSH and T4 blood tests to determine if the thyroid is functioning correctly.
That is not enough.
TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone (a pituitary hormone) and it will increase when the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone. It can indicate that there is a problem, However, the thyroid gland produces several types of thyroid hormone, including T4, T3, even T 1 and T2 (which are precursors) and calcitonin. These other thyroid hormones are not routinely tested but they tell us a lot.
Important Blood Tests
It is important for blood tests to include TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), free T3 (the active hormone), free T4 (the storage hormone), reverse T3 (this can predict if the thyroid is working well) and autoimmune markers TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase) and TG (Thyroglobulin antibodies).
Typically if TSH is high (out of range) conventional doctors will put a patient on synthetic hormone which is just T4 – the storage form of thyroid hormone. If there is an autoimmune process that is going on, this will barely manage the condition and it will continue to stress the thyroid.
Sometimes a person can have elevated autoimmune markers, but “normal” TSH levels. Typically doctors do not treat these patients even if they have symptoms. Here is where alternative practitioners think differently. The autoimmune process must be addressed, as this will only get worse.
Conventional doctors simply go by the blood tests and unfortunately, they do not perform many important blood tests.
For example, T3 is the active hormone and very important, but it is not typically tested. If this is low, you are not making cellular energy (ATP) and will be very tired. The body naturally converts T3 from T4. But there are many reasons for a poor T4 to T3 conversion.
One reason in inflammation – a problem of epidemic proportion in this country today. There is so much you can do to decrease inflammation in the body via diet.
Another important test to have is a saliva test for cortisol for the adrenals. The adrenal glands and the thyroid work together. If one is not functioning correctly, the other will suffer. A simple saliva test for the adrenal glands will show how it is managing and steps can be taken if it is not doing so well.
Conventional doctors do not test the adrenal gland.
Find Out Much More from Thyroid Experts
There are many actions you can take to improve your thyroid health that are never addressed in a conventional doctors office.
The speakers in these Thyroid Sessions (and many of them are medical doctors) are sharing many critical steps you can take to improve your thyroid and your health in general. If you have a thyroid problem and do not address it, you will have a very difficult time improving other aspects of your health.
Find out So Much More About Thyroid at the Second Opinion Sessions
These interview will help to shed new light on thyroid issues, which can be so complex. I am really looking forward listening to all the presentations. It sure beats having to travel to a conference and pay for a hotel room. These online summits save so much time and money, I love them!
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