- Plasma homocysteine
- C-reactive protein (CRP)
- Cholesterol levels
Researchers conducted a study to discover the relationship betweenthese risk factors and the suppression of TSH. The study involved400 patients divided into three groups. All groups were given FreeT3 and Free T4, hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The groupswere divided by:
- Group 1: TSH level less than 2.0
- Group 2: TSH level ranging from 2.0 to less than 5.5
- Group 3: TSH level ranging from 5.5 to less than 20.0
The study found that normalizing TSH with a target TSH levels ofless than 2.0 is necessary to lower CRP, homocystene and possiblycholesterol levels.
Mary Shomon, author of LivingWell With Hypothyroidism, a book detailing the mystery and symptomsbehind the disease, was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in1995. Shomon was able to turn her experiences with thyroid complicationsinto a tool in order to help others struggling with similar issues.
Aside from running the top thyroid Web site on the Internet, Shomonresearches and writes about autoimmune disease, hormones and weightloss.
MaryShomon September 30, 2004
The mistake many conventional doctors make is using TSH exclusivelyto guide the dosage of thyroid replacement therapy. Actually, patientsneed Free T3 andFree T4 levels to do this. You can see my article on howto diagnose and treat thyroid disease for more details.
If your TSH levels are greater than 2.0, you are clearly at an increasedrisk of developing hypothyroidism.
The higher your TSH levels are, the more likely it is you have an underactivethyroid or hypothyroidism. Your pituitary increases TSH as a wayto stimulate your thyroid gland to make enough thyroid hormone.If you have enough thyroid hormone it does not need to secrete astimulus for the thyroid to make more hormones. So when your TSHlevels are low, it usually means your thyroid gland is generallyproducing enough thyroid hormone. When your TSH levels are high,this usually means your body requires more thyroid hormone.
There are a number of strategies you can implement to help improveyour thyroid function. One is to take essential minerals for yourthyroid. Thyroid hormone is composed of three or four iodine moleculesso you will want to make sure you have a good source of iodine.If you are already taking thyroid hormones it is unnecessary totake any iodine supplements. Two other strategies that help increasethe conversion of T4 to T3 would be progesterone and selenium.
One additional option that can be considered is coconut oil.It is important to understand that coconut oil can vary widely interms of the types of coconuts used, the manufacturing processesused to make the oil, and more.
You should use the coconut oil to cook with or massagethe body as it makes a great massage oil.
Keep in mind that thyroid disease can affect almost every aspectof health, so understanding more about your thyroid, and the symptomsthat occur when something goes wrong with this small gland, canhelp you regain your health.