Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated?

Sometimes. If it is truly subclinical, meaning that there are no associated symptoms or signs of too little thyroid hormone, a doctor may choose to just watch, and recheck hormone levels in a few months. But many people with "subclinical" hypothyroidism do have symptoms and signs of low thyroid levels, if a doctors asks the right questions or looks closely, and these people would benefit from treatment.
Yes. Hypothyroidism can be primary - caused by a weak thyroid gland or secondary to other hormonal problems, like a pituitary problem. Or your thyroid can become dysfunctional secondary to high insulin, estrogen or cortisol. If you have functional hypothyroidism, this problem can go undetected by routine screening tests. More extensive testing can often reveal abonormalities. This is very common.
Yes if symptomatic. If you are symptomatic, certainly. If not symptomatic, consider detox and thyroid supportive measures to see if your thyroid function improves.

Related Questions

Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated with meds? Tsh level of 4.2?

Depends. Treatment should be discussed with your doctor. Depending on your age and cause of your hypothyroidism, it may make sense to treat it. For example, if you are young and have hashimoto's (which equates to a high likelihood of progressing) treatment typically makes sense. Read more...

How can I get treated for subclinical hypothyroidism if labtests always show within normal values (near limits, but still w/symptoms)? Doc won't treat it

Maybe not hypo. If the tests (including tsh) are normal, then you probably do not have hypothyroidism. That is not to deny your symptoms. Your doctor likely understands that your symptoms are real. But the sx of hypothyroidism are common to many conditions, and giving you thyroid hormone will not help. Read more...

Lab results led to subclinical hypothyroidism diagnosis. Treated for mdd, anxiety, ptsd. Should it be further examined? Chances of infertility?

Labs alone =Dx??? History which includes symptoms over time family history and physical exam almost always trump lab results alone. Once a good history and physical are done then testing. Other endocrine disorders should be considered. However all alcohol/substances? Need to be stopped first and current meds reassessed after a new baseline mental status achieved. If appropriate, adrenal gland function may need test. Read more...
Hypothyroidism. I can't respond to the entirety of your question. One thing is clear, in cases of hypothyroidism, augmentation with thyroid can sometimes be very beneficial in terms of obtaining more robust improvement of depression. Good luck. Read more...

What is subclinical hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism. Subclinical means that there are no symptoms of the slightly low thyroid levels as measured by blood work. Read more...

What exactly is subclinical hypothyroidism?

High TSH but with. Normal thyroid levels. It "usually" entails a symptom free state but if the cause is autoimmune in nature, there might be some signs or symptoms. The thyroid profile will need to be monitored regardless. Read more...
Still hypothyroidism. It is where you TSH is normal but your free T3 and reverse T3 are not normal. Need Armour Thyroid to treat this, not synthroid (thyroxine). Read more...
Undiagnosed hypoT. Hypothyroidism can be primary - caused by a weak thyroid gland or secondary to other hormonal problems, like a pituitary problem. Or your thyroid can become dysfunctional secondary to high insulin, estrogen or cortisol. If you have functional hypothyroidism, this problem can go undetected by routine screening tests. More extensive testing can often reveal abonormalities. This is very common. Read more...

Is subclinical hypothyroidism safe to treat?

Yes. With moderate doses of thyroid hormone, subclinical hypothyroidism can be easily corrected without significant risk. Read more...
Yes. Hypothyroidism can be primary - caused by a weak thyroid gland or secondary to other hormonal problems, like a pituitary problem. Or your thyroid can become dysfunctional secondary to high insulin, estrogen or cortisol. If you have functional hypothyroidism, this problem can go undetected by routine screening tests. More extensive testing can often reveal abonormalities. This is very common. Read more...
Yes it is safe. Yes it is safe to treat as it ia only treated with small doses of Synthroid (thyroxine) to bring the TSH to normal level. Read more...

What symptoms of hypothyroidism appear in subclinical hypothyroidism?

None. True subclinical hypothyroidism should have no symptoms because the free hormone levels are normal. It is only the TSH that is elevated. I think of this as the body is having to work a little harder to produce appropriate amounts of thyroid hormone (thus needing more TSH to meet those needs). Read more...