Reasons to check it: Concerned about your thyroid or are you on thyroid medication? Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is a hormone released by your brain to signal your thyroid gland. It can be used to monitor dosing of your thyroid medication or as a screening test for the presence thyroid disease.
In other words, TSH tells the thyroid gland how much T4 and T3 to produce, the level in your blood reveals either an under active thyroid, or hypothyroidism.
Reasons to check it: Are you concerned your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone? The thyroid makes predominately T4. Free T4 is what your body uses to make the active thyroid hormone called free T3. These are advanced biomarker tests, not routinely done, but very helpful to determine if the thyroid can be effecting how you feel.
Evaluate thyroid function and diagnose thyroid diseases, test usually done after discovering that your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level is abnormal.
Reasons to check it: Symptoms of hypothyroidism include tiredness, weight gain, constipation, depression, sleepiness, memory loss, decreased sex drive, ext. All these may be symptoms of low thyroid that may be missed unless the active thyroid hormone (free T3) is measured. High levels may indicate hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include fatigue, anxiety, sudden weight loss, rapid heartbeat, irritability, more frequent bowel movements, difficulty sleeping, sweating and tremors.
Reasons to check it: Do you have a family history of thyroid problems? Are you concerned about inflammation in your thyroid gland? Thyroid disease has become very common and we can often pick up inflammation in the thyroid years before the thyroid fails. This is important because natural interventions may help reverse the inflammation of the thyroid gland.
Reasons to check it: This is another test that can be positive in people with inflammation of the thyroid gland and it can be seen years before complete thyroid failure – giving you time to take action!
If you have high levels of antithyroglobulin antibodies in your blood, it may be a sign of serious autoimmune disorder, such as Graves' disease or Hashimoto thyroiditis. In some cases, you may have antithyroglobulin antibodies in your blood without any specific complications.
Save money by bundling labs together. If you have a family history of Thyroid Disease let us remind you that preventative medicine is the best medicine.
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Reverse T3 (rT3) is an inactive form of T3 that is produced in the body particularly during periods of stress. rT3 differs from T3 in that the missing deiodinated iodine is from the inner ring of the thyroxine molecule compared with outer ring on T3.
Reasons to check it: Improve your thyroid hormone function, raise your Selenium by eating natural foods like Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and eggs. The amount of selenium in food sources is largely determined by the quality of the soil used to grow them. Also people who are fed intravenously are also at risk for low selenium.
Healthy people improve your thyroid hormone because preventive medicine is the best medicine.
Reasons to check it: Women – missing periods, having hot flashes, gaining weight? As women age, they begin to make less estradiol which can lead to these uncomfortable symptoms.
Reasons to check it: Progesterone levels are normally high in pre-menopausal women and become elevated during pregnancy. Levels are lower after menopause. High levels may indicate ovarian cancer or adrenal cancer, while low levels may be associated with amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), or problems with pregnancy.
Save money when you bundle labs. Estrogen, Progesterone, and Reproduction. The ovaries maintain the health of the female reproductive system. They secrete two main hormones—estrogen and progesterone. Diseases associated with the ovaries include ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, menstrual cycle disorders, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.