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How To Boost Your Low Thyroid Function
No: Unless the weight loss you want is from muscle. Thyroid wastes muscle, not fat mass. ...Read more
H-P-T axis: Hi. It's an interplay in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (H-P-T) axis. The hypothalamus secretes thyrotropin-releasing factor (TRF), which stimulates the pituitary to release thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which stimulates the thyroid gland to take up iodine, organify, make, and release thyroid hormones (mostly T4, but a little T3 (liothyronine) too). The thyroid hormones feed back to suppress TRF & TSH. ...Read more
See details: You misunderstand the disease and the lab tests. If your thyroid function is low, then your TSH level would be elevated. To correct a hypoactive thyroid, you need to take thyroid replacement medication. ...Read more
Here is my : Recommendation: keep a healthy lifestyle. Balance diet with fruits, vegetables, proteins, oatmeal, grains etc; avoid alcohol, smoking and street drugs; exercise regularly with strength and aerobic exercises; exercise your brain with lots of reading and brain games. I will recommend www.Lumosity.Com. ...Read more
Thyroidectomy: If they did a complete thyroidectomy, your thyroid levels should be low; you should become hypothyroid and need to be on levothyroxine. However, sometimes surgeons do not do a complete thyroidectomy, depending on why the surgery was done. If they did a non-complete resection, but then the thyroid gland is not normal (eg. Hashimoto's), then you may get hypo even though there is tissue left behind ...Read more
None: There are no vitamins that will boost your thyroid, but luckily the thyroid doesn't generally need a boost. If your thyroid is deficient, which can be easily checked by your doctor, take brand name T4 replacement to bring your levels up to normal. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can hyperactive thyroid increase your testosterone lvl? And if so will thyroid medication help bring it down?
See answer: Testosterone (T) exists in blood in three forms: 50-60% tightly bound to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) protein (biologically inactive); 40-50% weakly bound to Albumin protein (active); and 3-5% unbound/Free T (active). Hyperthyroidism can cause higher levels of SHBG (inactive T) leading to higher serum levels of Total T, but unchanged or relative decrease in the two active forms of T. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: The reference range on RDW, as for most labs, is set so that a few percent of folks fall outside on either end. A low RDW is never a problem. There is no advantage to trying to change it. Frequent visits to the blood bank are good for you as a public service, and are likely to raise RDW. ...Read more
Multiple factors : Many variable at play here. First is to optimize nutrition. You need healthy fats, including some saturated fat for hormone production. Cholesterol level needs to be optimal (not too low). Avoid high amounts of carbs, which can lead to metabolic syndrome and low testosterone. High body fat can cause excess estrogen which can lower testosterone. Need optimal sleep (7-8 hrs). Heavy weight training. ...Read more
Blood potassium level of 3.4...How long will it take to restore to normal levels by eating more potassium rich foods and how much do I need to add?
B12: Generally less than 200 pg/ml.Get a more detailed answer ›
Good question: It depends more on how long it is low. The longer the B12 level is low is more important then the level. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Not really bad.: The TSH level is just a test. There is no number that is really bad and all numbers can be fixed. There is a continuum of disease from mild to very symptomatic and some people may have a lot of symptoms despite relatively normal numbers. Best thing is to look at how you feel. If you feel fine then the numbers are good enough. ...Read more
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