One of the most common patient’s mistakes is an over-reliance on their doctor to order the right thyroid tests and expect too much from thyroid medication.
The truth is that hypothyroidism is more complicated health condition than most people and doctors think. Hypothyroidism is very often undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and under-treated due to insufficient laboratory testing, outdated lab reference ranges and “one-fit-all” hypothyroidism treatment offered by conventional medicine.
Many patients are on the thyroid medication for years but still continue to experience many hypothyroid symptoms. The problem is that without a proper diagnosis your hypothyroidism treatment won’t be effective. The following 7 causes of hypothyroidism are missed and not addressed in most cases.
7 Hidden Causes Of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a deficiency of thyroid hormone and is one of most common thyroid problems in the Western countries. Estimated 4% of the adult American population has an underactive thyroid function which is primarily caused by autoimmune thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s disease. Women are affected six times more frequently than men.
1. Autoimmune Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in industrialized countries, however most conventional doctors do not check for it.
2. Hypothalamus dysfunction that is difficult to establish and could not be seen on the thyroid tests.
3. Pituitary dysfunction that means the pituitary gland cannot send a message to the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone when it needed.
4. Thyroid gland dysfunction when the gland itself does not work properly and could not produce enough thyroid hormone to meet body’s needs.
5. Elevated Thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) due to hormonal imbalances caused by birth control pills, menopause or hormone replacement therapy with estrogen. TGB binds thyroid hormone and prevents it from the entering the cell and/or conversion into the active T3 form. The person will have hypothyroid symptoms despite normal lab test results.
6. Over- or under-conversion of T4 into the metabolically active T3 hormone in the liver and intestine that could cause thyroid symptoms.
7. Thyroid cellular receptor dysfunction due to high cortisol, vitamin A deficiency, over-conversion to T3 and other reasons preventing the thyroid hormone from entering into the cell and perform its metabolic action.
How To Get Proper Hypothyroidism Diagnosis
Most conventional doctors test your TSH or less often TSH and T4 thyroid hormone to establish if you have hypothyroidism. The truth is that many thyroid dysfunctions cannot be diagnosed using these thyroid tests.
The first step of your hypothyroid treatment plan should be right tests for thyroid function and comprehensive thyroid testing to get a proper diagnosis.
Do not be surprised if your doctor will be skeptical about additional thyroid testing because there is only one hypothyroidism treatment conventional medicine has to offer. Thyroid medication is usually prescribed to treat hypothyroidism independently of what is causing it.
This “one-fit-all” approach has its downside – you may have normal lab test results optimized with thyroid medication but still experience hypothyroid symptoms.
If you were diagnosed with hypothyroidism the main treatment decision your doctor usually has to make is to prescribe or not to prescribe thyroid medication. However, there is so much more that you can do to restore your thyroid function and reverse hypothyroidism.
5 Essentials Of Effective Hypothyroidism Treatment Plan
1. The proper thyroid testing and diagnosis are the key to establish your effective hypothyroidism treatment plan.
2. Your diet has a big influence on your thyroid function. There are certain foods that support or suppress the production of thyroid hormones, immune system and sabotage your weight loss efforts.Most hypothyroid patients have food allergies, malabsorption and nutritional deficiencies such as low vitamin D, selenium, B12 and other vitamins of group B, iron and magnesium.
In fact, many thyroid patients are unaware that going the supplements root seldom works and many supplements such as iodine and thyrosin that are marketed as safe for the thyroid actually can bring more harm than good for those with Hashimoto’s disease.
Getting to the root cause of your health problems brings always better hypothyroidism treatment outcome than just replenishing the missing nutrients and thyroid hormones using supplements and medication.
Furthermore, eating foods that contain gluten can increase autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland and make people with Hashimoto’s disease even more hypothyroid over time.
3. If you have thyroid imbalance, you are most likely to have other hormonal problems, blood sugar dysregulation and being under stress that work against your thyroid. Without addressing these issues you risk never stabilize your thyroid function.
4. Your gut and liver function play the key role in conversions of inactive T4 into the active T3 thyroid hormone. If you have digestive issues and/or sluggish liver your body cannot convert thyroid hormones effectively and you can continue to have hypothyroid symptoms does not matter how much thyroid medication you take.
5. Consider environmental toxins as a contributing factor to your thyroid dysfunction. We all are exposed to chemicals and toxins, however those who have effective detoxification process enjoy a better health. Minimizing exposure and supporting detoxification pathways can help to support your thyroid gland.
How You Can Overcome Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism treatment is considered to be easy and simple by most conventional doctors, however many patients discovered that it is just not true. Unfortunately, most hypothyroidism treatment options offered by conventional care are very limited and only provide a partial solution. A comprehensive approach is needed to diagnose and address hypothyroidism to get a better treatment outcome.
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