If you are a thyroid warrior and noticed your TSH increasing... let's investigate.
I have had doctors tell my clients, "Your labs look great. See you next time" but in reality their TSH has been steadily increasing over the last 2 years going from 1.5 to 1.7 and then up to 3.5 (see graphic below for normal ranges). Could it be because she's working out more and not eating enough for the amount of energy she's expending? Could she still be using endocrine disrupting household items? Could her autoimmune disorder be causing underlying inflammation resulting in elevated reverse T3?
In this article, I'm helping you understand what could possibly be going on when there is an increase in TSH. Please note that lab interpretation needs to be done by a health professional. Please reach out to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or dietitian for further guidance.
*This article is for educational purposes only
Keto diet for thyroid health? Not, if you want to have a healthy functioning thyroid.
Carbohydrates are scary for so many people and many people avoid carbohydrates in general due to their fear of gluten causing their thyroid disorder to be worse. However, what if I told you they're necessary for a healthy thyroid and better metabolism? What if gluten wasn't the issue but your gut health?
Carbohydrates are our bodies preferred energy source. Between 40-60% of our calories should be coming from carbohydrates or better known as carbs. However, the problem is carbs have gotten a bad reputation and many people I encounter have once or are currently reducing their carb intake in attempt to lose weight or decrease blood sugars.
When carb intake is drastically reduced, conversion of T3 from T4 declines. T3 is the active thyroid hormone. This shows us that the body needs a steady blood glucose levels to have readily available tools for the thyroid to do it's job...
Despite moving away from family in Texas to California & missing them, the stress of finding ourselves out here, the follow up appointments we're still doing for Emma due to her 4 pneumonias in 6 months, despite having a spiral fracture to my toe, despite running my own business and the stress that I unnecessarily put on myself, and lastly despite being off thyroid hormone replacement meds for now over a year and a half with having only half a thyroid..
Despite ALL this, my TSH was 1.899.
Per Medline Plus, TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. A TSH test is a blood test that measures this hormone. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located near your throat. Your thyroid makes hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy. It also plays an important role in regulating your weight, body temperature, muscle strength, and even your mood. TSH is made in a gland in the brain called the pituitary. When thyroid levels in your body are low, the pituitary...