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Today is World Thyroid Day. Thyroid is a key hormone. Thyroid hormones stimulate the secretions of many other hormones: growth hormone, adrenal hormones (cortisol, DHEA …) and sex hormones (including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone). Treating thyroid hormone deficiency improves the levels of other hormones. Thyroid hormones also increase: the blood flow, the energy production, the speed of thinking, the metabolism, the immune system (against various infections and cancer), good cholesterol HDL (and lowers the bad cholesterol: LDL), …
Be careful, a thyroid hormone deficiency is much more common than you think. According to scientific studies linking thyroid hormone levels to disease risks, more than 50% of patients could have at least a moderate degree of thyroid insufficiency. Despite the suspicion of a high frequency of intermediate states, many patients are not treated.
Why? Because there is a partial interpretation of the tests. It is not enough to be within the reference values to be healthy and have good thyroid levels. Indeed, reference values are statistical values, not health values. The health or optimal values for each person are in a small portion of the reference interval (the interval between the upper and lower limits given by the lab, where very few people are).
|Did you know that …|
| The physical signs of hypothyroidism are: swollen physical appearance with swollen face and bags under the eyes, overweight, dry, rough, brittle and thick hair, but swollen by myxedema, a tendency to diffuse hair loss, …| Thyroid hormones are great antidepressants! They give us happiness and peps in the morning.
| By eating protein in the evening, you aggravate your thyroid insufficiency(because the conversion of pro-hormone T4 into the most active thyroid hormone, T3, is slowed down all night).
| Thyroid hormones accelerate the elimination of waste in and between cells.
| Hyperthyroidism is characterized by: nervousness, a feeling of heat, excessive sweating, weight loss …
Discover below how to detect the signs of hypothyroidism and how to increase your thyroid function naturally.
Dr. Thierry Hertoghe
|What Are The Signs of Hypothyroidism?|
|There are two distinct ways to diagnose hypothyroidism:|
| Having thyroid levels outside the reference range (keep in mind that it is astatistical value and not a health value)
| Having a high level of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). TSH is secreted by the pituitary gland to stimulate the thyroid gland. When your thyroid levels are low, your TSH increases. Therefore, a high level of TSH is a sign of hypothyroidism.
|Patients with a low thyroid function mainly experience the symptoms in the morning, when they wake up or when resting. What do they feel? They are tired when they wake up, feel stiff and are depressed in the morning. The effects spread throughout the body. Once the patient starts his day and is active, the complaints tend to go away. Why? Because when patients who suffer from hypothyroidism are at rest, their blood flows more slowly. During this period, tissues will not be adequately supplied with oxygen and nutrients.|
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|What are the most common complaints of patients with hypothyroidism?|
What about the Physical Signs?
How to treat a Thyroid Deficiency:
Which tests should you do?
| In the blood: Apart from measuring the levels of thyroid hormones T3(triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) and TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), I recommend that you ask, during the initial assessment, the dosage of anti-thyroid antibodies such as anti-thyroid peroxidases and anti-thyroglobulin that can be used to discern whether an autoimmune process is involved or causes the thyroid dysfunction.
| In the 24 H urine: The determination of thyroid hormones in the 24-hour urine gives an assessment of average T3 and T4 levels for 24 hours in a row, which is better, closer to reality. In fact, because they are done on an ad hoc basis, the thyroid tests in the blood cannot really be representative of the average rate of thyroid hormones produced and used for 24 hours.
What Are The Causes of a Low Thyroid Function?
The sources can be multiple. For example, it may simply be due to aging. Poor T4 to T3 conversion is quite common in patients aged 35 to 40 years old. Another cause may be a lazy liver (it is mainly in the liver that the conversion of T4 into T3 happens). Physical activity (sport) can also reduce the conversion of T4 to T3.
How to Naturally Increase Thyroid Hormone Levels?
When you don’t sleep enough, your thyroid hormone production decreases by 20% to 40%. This explains the nervousness and the morning fatigue.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables!
Fructose accelerates the conversion of T4 to T3. Be careful, avoid too fibrous vegetables, especially cabbage that may contain anti-thyroid products, thiocyanate or isothiocyanate.
Do not eat too much protein.
Excess protein (300 g or more of meat per day) slows the conversion of T4 to T3, placing the heavy meat consumer in hypothyroidism.
Dr. Guy Gerin’s Advice:
Aside from the obvious thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, there are still many cases of mild hypothyroidism with relatively high TSH levels (about 5).
The symptoms are varied: intolerance to cold, tendency to gain weight, chronic fatigue (especially at rest), a certain slowness, poor memory, constipation, puffy face, dry skin, a tendency to hair loss.
All these symptoms can draw attention and lead to check your thyroid function. It is also necessary to check your levels of anti-thyroid antibodies. An increase of these antibodies reflects the existence of an autoimmune thyroiditis. Also, check the dosage of T3 and T4 hormones in your urines, which can sometimes help to detect a thyroid deficiency not always visible in the blood.
Treating these cases of mild hypothyroidism with a combination of T3 and T4 improves the lives of these patients.
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