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Could It Be Your Thyroid?
Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Could it be your thyroid?
Hypothyroidism is a huge problem. It is estimated that 1 in 50 women and 1 in 1,000 men have this condition. I think these estimates are low. The diagnosis of hypothyroidism is made by assessing the patient’s symptoms. Laboratory tests usually confirm the diagnosis (if the right tests are ordered). However, some people can still have a low-functioning thyroid even when tests are within normal limits.
Often the diagnosis of hypothyroid is missed, especially by doctors who rely only on the blood test for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). An elevated TSH indicates a low functioning thyroid, but the test can be normal and the patient still may have a low functioning thyroid.
Here are some things to think about if you think you may have hypothyroidism
What is important to understand is that the thyroid gland is not simply a rogue gland wreaking havoc out of nowhere. While thyroid disease does run in families, the expression of a low functioning thyroid can be caused or worsened by a poor diet, food allergies, adrenal overload (chronic stress), lack of exercise, pregnancy, gluten intolerance and many other triggering factors. Here are some things to do immediately to get on track.
- Attend my free webinar to learn about hypothyroidism diagnosis and treatment.
- Select foods that look like they come from the earth.
- Avoid non-food products that are nutrient negative—take nutrients away from the body—such as sodas, candy bars, cakes etc. However, an occasional treat is fine.
- Don’t take on too many projects until you feel better.
- Eat smaller meals throughout the day to maintain an even blood sugar.
- Cut out sugary drinks, especially sodas—they are killing you!
- Pay attention to your symptoms and write them down.
- Make an appointment with a doctor who will listen and help diagnose your condition.
- Do not start taking supplements for your thyroid unless your diagnosis is clear. Some forms of hypothyroidism will worsen with iodine supplements.
There are documented cases of people diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder when their primary diagnosis was actually hypothyroidism. Resolving hypothyroidism with either bio-identical hormones or nutritional support (borderline cases) might not solve all your problems. However, untreated hypothyroidism will make any other mental or physical problem exponentially worse.
Are you taking thyroid medication and still feeling lousy?
You may be on the wrong form of medication or have other contributing factors that have not been resolved.