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If you have a thyroid autoimmune disorder, check your body temperature.

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Lots of people have autoimmune thyroid disease. It’s the most common type of autoimmune disorder, affecting 2 to 5 % of people in western countries. There are a couple of types. The most common is Hashimoto’s. All of them involve lymphocyte infiltration of the gland, inflammation and cellular breakdown.

People may get their thyroid hormones checked because they have vague symptoms. Unfortunately, many doctors rely only on blood tests such as TSH and T4 to determine whether their patients need supplemental thyroid hormones. Levels may stay within a normal level for a long time, so people have gradually

The Carbohydrate Sensitivity and Thyroid Connection

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Are you one of those people who doesn’t tolerate carbohydrates very well? You may crave carbs, but within an hour or two of eating them, you start to develop symptoms of low blood sugar. You may be tired, irritable, and hungry. There could be a connection between your carbohydrate sensitivity and thyroid.

Carbohydrate sensitivity and thyroidYou are definitely better off limiting the carbohydrates you eat, especially refined carbs. But you should also check your body temperature. If it is low, you may have low metabolism due to low thyroid function. Low

Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid

If you have any kind of psychiatric problem–depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, even PTSD–a number of leading-edge psychiatrists believe it is important to check your thyroid function. Why? A growing body of evidence suggests that some psychiatric problems may start with thyroid hormone malfunctioning–and that treating the thyroid problem may alleviate the psychiatric symptoms and prevent further decline. It is common for people with thyroid problems to be given a misdiagnosis of psychiatric illness. Symptoms can be vague, subtle and highly individual, experts say.

Both clinical and subclinical hypothyroidism have been linked to psychiatric problems, especially depression and cognitive decline. But

When Antidepressants Don’t Work

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If you’ve been taking an antidepressant for six weeks or more and don’t feel like you are getting much better, there’s an important link with thyroid function you should know about. A surprisingly high percentage of people with chronic or treatment-resistant depression are found to have low thyroid function, research shows. In one study, 22 % of people with treatment-resistant depression were found to have sub-par thyroid function (based on TSH levels), compared to only 2 % of people whose depression was helped by antidepressants.

I believe an even higher number of people with depression have another kind of thyroid problem

Why shellfish is the best food for your thyroid health

If you like clams, mussels, crab or lobster, here is a good reason to indulge. Shellfish is tops when it comes to the foods that support thyroid health.

Clams and mussels, especially, are rich sources of selenium, iron and iodine, all nutrients essential for normal thyroid function and hormone production.

Shellfish for thyroid healthSelenium is highly concentrated in the thyroid gland. It is an essential part of the enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone, to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. By doing so, it

Aging and Your Thyroid

As you age, your metabolism tends to slow down, and your risk for low thyroid function goes up. Some degree of hypothyroidism is common in older people. It affects 5-20% of older women and 3-8% of older men. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels tend to creep up over time, and blood levels of T4 go down. Low thyroid function is associated with increased risk for heart problems and poor memory. Unfortunately, these problems are so common in older people that doctors don’t always make the connection with low thyroid function. Even when mild hypothyroidism is found, doctors don’t always treat

Is stress affecting your thyroid?

???????????????????????????????Stress seems to be so pervasive these days that many people have stopped paying attention to it. But the health effects of stress can be insidious. You may get through one or two episodes, but over time, your body may not bounce back as well as it used to, and you may end up with lingering physical and emotional effects such as fatigue, depression and foggy thinking.

The truth is that stress isn’t just “in your head.” It happens in your whole body, and the hormones released when you feel stressed out

Speed Recovery From Postpartum Depression with T3

Postpartum DepressionResearch shows that about 5 to 10 percent of women develop thyroid dysfunction after giving birth. These thyroid problems tend to be closely correlated with another condition, postpartum depression. That’s not surprising, since thyroid problems and depression are linked in the general population. (Thyroid hormones are important for neurotransmitter production in the brain.)   But not many women are treated properly for this combination of symptoms, and I believe even more women have treatable, mood-altering thyroid hormone dysfunction than most doctors realize, especially after giving birth. Their situation is not

Crabby, constipated and unable to concentrate?

Businesswoman with abdominal painsYou could have a thyroid hormone problem.

Thyroid hormone problems can cause lots of different kinds of symptoms. Sometimes people have just one symptom, but, often they have a collection of them, depending on their susceptibility. Moodiness–especially irritability–is one symptom. That’s because low thyroid function slows down your body’s ability to make important neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Constipation is another, because thyroid hormones are needed for proper energy metabolism and muscle contractions, both necessary for the G.I. tract to move food along. And lack of focus and memory

The High Cholesterol and Thyroid Connection

Newly diagnosed with high cholesterol?

Check your thyroid function and body temperature.

high cholesterol and thyroid Current medical practice guidelines recommend that people newly diagnosed with high cholesterol get their thyroid gland checked by having a Thyroid Hormone Stimulating (TSH) test. This test will show if their thyroid gland is under-performing. But research shows that this guideline is followed only about half the time.

That’s a shame, because research shows that people with high cholesterol are more likely than normal to have low thyroid gland function. And they are way less likely to have

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