So, my wife has recently become somewhat ‘TikTok Famous’ from doing 30-second video posts which she started a couple of weeks ago.
The most popular video has received over 600,000 views. That particular video is about Thyroid and how results can come back as normal but there still may be an issue. Search ‘Austnutritioncentre’ for those of you who are interested.
Anyway, here is the background to it. If thyroid results come back ‘within range’ but we suspect there is an issue based on symptoms, we dig a little deeper.
We've been doing this successfully for years now and have learnt a trick or two.
The typical test for Thyroid function is TSH, which if out of standard range (typically 0.5 – 3.5), your Dr and pathology companies will do further testing.
BUT…being natural practitioners we have the flexibility of looking a little further into the thyroid results.
Some Dr’s don’t feel comfortable testing everything (and I also understand why (I wasn’t always thyroid savvy either), some are happy to, and many of our patients are happy for us to arrange the tests ourselves and pay privately just to find out.
So, what do we need to see to get the whole picture?
- Free T4
- Free T3
- Reverse T3
And if we’re suspicious of autoimmunity – Thyroid Antibodies
There are relationships and ratios between the numbers that help us determine which end of town the thyroid is in, or if there is a disease not yet present, but on its way.
It’s also useful to know the following when taking this deep dive into Thyroid function:
- Vitamin D
- Iron Studies Including CRP
- Plasma Zinc and
- Red Cell Selenium.
What an exhaustive list…but if we have most of this information we can truly decide if the Thyroid is working to its full potential or if it could be much better.
After all, who wants to be the crappy end of normal when it comes to important organs like Thyroid?
Integrative medicine is all about being proactive, rather than waiting for a problem to be there. When we get co-nutrient levels right and remove handbrakes, we get the true picture, which empowers our patients much more than hearing that’s ‘nothing is wrong’.
So, if you're suspicious your thyroid is out, we’ll be happy to look at your results or help you obtain proper ones.
So book in and let's get started if your curiosity has the better of you.