What are the symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland? How would you know if it were pumping out too much thyroid hormone?
Thyroid problems appear to be more common now than in decades past, though the causes are uncertain. This guide describes the tests doctors use to determine whether thyroid function is out of balance and discusses the controversy behind the changing criteria. Although many physicians rely on just one test, the TSH, you will learn of others that can be very helpful in making the diagnosis and tracking progress.
Check the list of drugs that may affect thyroid function or alter test results, as well as those that may interact badly with thyroid hormone. Find out how underactive thyroid glands are usually treated, and what some of the alternatives may be.
Should you be using synthetic or natural medications? Is T4 alone adequate, or might you benefit from the addition of T3? Find out how thyroid imbalance may affect pregnancy, bone density and high cholesterol.
Learn about the autoimmune conditions that result in Hashimoto's or Graves' disease. What should you know about diet and dietary supplements?
Hyperactive thyroid glands also need treatment. The guide discusses a range of options doctors use in diagnosing and treating this condition. It also considers the treatment of thyroid problems in either children or older adults.
This eGuide is available only as an online resource.
Very informative. So much more to Thyroid problems than I’ve ever heard, and about treatment options.
Thank YOU for this informative article. I’ve been on replacement thyroid hormones for 40 years but until the last few years I really haven’t felt as if I was getting the full benefit. After reading, I realized I’ve been taking Metformin for several years and taking the levothyroxine together with it in the morning. After reading the article I started taking my Levothyroxine at night before bed. I actually feel mentally clearer since this change. I look forward to sharing this with my doctor!
This book has a lot of information that I can use when talking with my doctor about my treatment options.
Well-organized guide. Valuable information on causes and treatment of thyroid disease.
For the morning dose, doctors generally recommend at least half an hour before food or drink (especially coffee). For the evening dose, at least an hour after eating. I myself take levothyroxine and switched to a bedtime dose years ago, after reading the research. I brush my teeth, take my pill with water and get into bed. That might not suit everyone but it seems to work for me.
My treatment requires one pill in the morning and one at night. What times do you suggest? I like your discussion and understand that you might be adverse to suggesting an answer to my question.
Great, thorough information. More detailed than I expected.
Wonderful, ABSOLUTELY wonderful. Still reading and learning new material, thank you so much for writing this book.
I’m dealing with a situation where my TSH test results show me (falsely) to be hypothroid. This guide serves as a good road map on how to cope with this
I was just recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was very upset at first. The thought of having to take a pill for the rest of my life was not what I was expecting to hear from my doctor. I have always trusted The People’s Pharmacy, and it was the first place I went for information until my follow up appointment. This guide helped me understand what is going on in my body, and I am more prepared to ask questions at my next doctor’s visit. The human body is an incredible thing, and this helped me understand a little how it works.
I found the article very enlightening. Will pay a lot more attention to several things. Understand some more of symptoms now. Great info.
Excellent information and beneficial.
Great information on biotin’s interference with thyroid testing! I sent the information to my doctor and to the compounding pharmacist. The whole article was very informative, and I printed the list of foods to restrict for hypothyroidism. I learned a lot. Thank you, thank you.
Very helpful information. Few doctors take really the time to speak with you in detail about the options of treatments. This information takes you to the point of better understanding how the Thyroid works.
I’m on Synthroid medicine to treat my thyroid. I was thrilled to read the interesting and informative new article, about what time of the day works best!!! Wow! Nice. I will start immediately taking my Synthesis in the later evening. I have been feeling crappy as well every morning, not feeling like my self, sluggish, etc. I’m dying to see if things improve!!! I let you know. Thanks so much for this article… Marilyn, Simi Valley , CA.