Hypothyroidism is the commonest hormonal problem in the world. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis , which is an autoimmune condition, is the commonest cause of Hypothyroidism. As a Functional Medicine practitioner I look beyond using only supplemental T4 (Levothyroxine) to treat hypothyroidism. Some of the commonest questions you have asked me are:
Can I lose weight with Hypothyroidism?
Is there a “natural” cure for this?
In addition to taking Thyroid hormones what else can I do to feel better?
Does my thyroid affect my mood?
My lab reports are “normal” but I still don’t feel well. Why is that?
Please read some of my recent posts below on how I look at thyroid function through a Functional Medicine lens.
Do you have both hypothyroidism and PCOS? Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in women. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is the commonest hormone disorder affecting women of all ages. It is not a coincidence that some of you have both Hashimoto’s and PCOS.
How common is it?
It is relatively common. One study from eastern India looked at 106 women, 13-45 years old, with hirsutism and menstrual irregularities. Out of this group of women, 80 were diagnosed with PCOS. Most of the women with PCOS were very young, 15-20 years old. More than half were overweight. An alarming finding was the presence of high blood pressure in many of these young women.
The researchers tested all the women for thyroid functions. Besides TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and Anti-TPO antibodies, they had a thyroid ultrasound as well.
What did they find:
What are the connections between PCOS and Hashimoto’s?[Read more…]
Hypothyroidism, depression and anxiety
Depression and anxiety are more common in people with hypothyroidism. Is this merely coincidental? What are the possible reasons for this? When I say hypothyroidism, I am talking about the commonest type, which is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Do people with hypothyroidism and mood issues need different treatment? Do they feel better at a different TSH level? More importantly, is there a personal “Thyroid Set Point”? Does the presence of thyroid antibodies decide how you feel?
In this article I will answer these questions.[Read more…]