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Thyroid Test

To decide whether you need a thyroid test, take a look at these typical under active thyroid symptoms:

  • Cold hands and feet, low body temperature, intolerance to cold or intolerance to heat
  • Constipation
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Fatigue and low energy, low mood, headaches and migraines, lack of motivation,  inability to concentrate/focus,
  • Loss of outer eyebrow, hair loss, dry skin, itchy skin
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods, infertility, re-current miscarriages

If you look at the above and think ‘that is me’, consider getting a thyroid test done. We can provide one of the most comprehensive thyroid tests to help determine if a thyroid hormone imbalance is the cause of your symptoms.

Thyroid Hormone Tests

The hormone that is tested to see if one has a thyroid issue is called the ‘TSH’ (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). This is not the only thyroid hormone and many people who have ‘normal’ TSH levels still experience the symptoms above and yet feel far from ‘normal’.

A more comprehensive assessment examines other thyroid hormones; free T3 and free T4. T3 is the actual active hormone of the thyroid and T4 the precursor to T3. One can have a totally ‘normal TSH’ but a low free T3 and/or T4. This is particularly pertinent if you are under pressure and anxious about things. Stress impacts on thyroid activity in a number of ways and ultimately reduces the production of T3. Other factors that may disrupt thyroid function include: nutrient deficiencies, age, pregnancy, autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, mercury toxicity.

If you think you have thyroid issues then get your health professional to check your TSH, free T3, T4, reverse T3 levels and look for antibodies to thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase.

It may also be prudent to check out your iodine, zinc, selenium and copper levels.