A 36-year-old female asked:
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tsh of 3.34, low iron and ferritin, pretty low iodine. t3 (liothyronine) and t4 on low end of lab normal. mild symptoms of hypothyroid. do i need meds?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes, iron: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, given your TSH value you probably do not need thyroid medication. However, you are iron deficient and should take oral iron supplement and multivitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
Answered on Jun 9, 2016
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