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Are high dhea hormone levels associated with hypothyroidism?

Are high dhea hormone levels associated with hypothyroidism?

No.: Dhea is a by-product of adrenal gland metabolism, unrelated to thyroid gland status. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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23 yr-old, since puberty had facial "bloating" and other symptoms suggestive of thyroid or cortisol issues, but hasn't found effective treatment....?

Subclinical Hypothyroididsm: In a difficult case like yours I take into consideration ratio of T4 to TSH. If the ratio is less than 2.5 I have found out that patients have hypothyroidism. I would take small dose of synthyroid like 0.25mg for a month and recheck T4and TSH then decide whether to continue or add some more. This will depend on how you tolerate it and what's your T4 and TSH. Obviously you have compound problem in situation like this hypothyroidism needs to be corrected first. Let me know how you do. ...Read more

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Can low ferritin cause hypothyroidism?

Can low ferritin cause hypothyroidism?

No: Low ferritin is an indication of low iron and may be associates with anemia. It is not related to thyroid function. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin 12, ferritin 7. 41 year old female. Hysterectomy 9 years ago. What could cause the low ferritin? Other medical conditions: hypothyroid, dia

Hemoglobin 12, ferritin 7. 41 year old female. Hysterectomy 9 years ago. What could cause the low ferritin? Other medical conditions: hypothyroid, dia

Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These results fall into the second group, not very specific. Low ferritin is not nearly as worrisome as high ferritin. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

No: Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands whereas hypothyroidism refers to low levels of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland. Having one does not cause the other. Chronic stress and anxiety also do not cause these disorders. Low cortisol (adrenal insufficiency) is a rare disorder, typically autoimmune related, and must be diagnosed correctly, not simply by a low cortisol level. ...Read more

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Can low testosterone cause hypothyroidism or the other way around?

Autoimmune disease: Rarely, autoimmune endocrine problems can occur together, and that could include both hypothyroidism and hypogonadism. But this is rare. You should see an endocrinologist if this is an issue. ...Read more

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Could a successful 20 year old hodgkins chemotherapy recovery cause hypothyroid with a low TSH production?

Could a successful  20 year old hodgkins chemotherapy recovery cause hypothyroid with a low TSH production?

May be: It would not be practical to link the two conclusively. Hodgkins does affect the immune system and a common cause of hypothyroidism is hashimoto disease, due to autoantibodies to thyroid. The treatment would be the same irrespective the cause. ...Read more

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If hypothyroidism causes hypochloridia (low stomach acid) will iodine supplementation kick both into action?

Maybe...: Be careful with iodine. If hypothyroidism is due to iodine deficiency, perhaps, but often thyroid problems are due to other reasons. Do not overdose on iodine. Find a good integrative medicine doctor who can help explore why your thyroid might not be functioning well. Consider betaine hcl to help digestion in the meantime. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, hashimotos. My recent bloodwork shows I have low iron, high uibc and tibc and heavy periods. What could be the cause?

I have hypothyroidism, hashimotos. My recent bloodwork shows I have low iron, high uibc and tibc and heavy periods.  What could be the cause?

Heavy periods: Hashimoto is an autoimmune inflammatory process in thyroid gland. It is separate problem to the low iron. If you have low ferritin and high tibc- that means you have iron deficiency. This iron deficiency is likely due to /related to your heavy period. You should take some iron replacement. Heavy periods can be related to your hypothyroidism. See you md and d/w your md more detail. ...Read more

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What would cause a low T3 (liothyronine) level but normal TSH and T4 levels? Would that be considered hypothyroidism?

What would cause a low T3 (liothyronine) level but normal TSH and T4 levels? Would that be considered hypothyroidism?

No: Low t3 (liothyronine) with nl TSH and T4 is not hypothyroidism. Many things can make t3 (liothyronine) levels decrease such as illness, stress, colds etc. It is nonspecific and could also be lab error so low t3 (liothyronine) in the face of nl TSH and free T4 levels does not mean very much. ...Read more

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Dhea (Definition)

Dhea= dihydroepiandrosterone ...Read more