Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hypothyroidism maybe?

My TSH is 1.69 and my Free T4 is 1.1. I don't see the doctor until the end of February. My cholesterol is 195 and triglycerides at 160. I am not any any medications other than Januvia for insulin resistance. My blood glucose is at 78. Bloodwork was done fasting. I am trying to figure out if I have hypothyroidism and research what can be done about it. I have hair loss, cold extremities even though I live in Florida, fatigue, bascially a lot of the symptoms. I have been on a rigorous diet for 6 months now and have only lost about 7 pounds. I don't cheat so I can't figure out why I am not losing weight. I am also exercising 3-4 times a week. Does anyone have any idea what these levels mean? Thanks!

Answer on Hypothyroidism maybe?

TSH stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. Your pituitary makes TSH in a feedback relationship with your thyroid. When your thyroid function is low, your pituitary releases more TSH to get your thyroid working. When your thyroid function is high, your pituitary makes less TSH.

Your TSH is in normal range, which is usually defined as anything less than 4. Higher than 4 indicates hypothyroidism. When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, my TSH was about 9. I've been on thyroid medication for years and now I'm comfortably in the 2.x range.

Your Free T4 is also normal (.8 - 1.7).

Your symptoms sound a little like anemia. Have you been tested for that?

Your blood sugar is excellent. Your triglycerides are elevated, which is common in people with insulin resistance. Your cholesterol is borderline, but that's also common in people with IR. Also, I'm not a big believer that total cholesterol matters - what matters much more for heart health is your breakdown of LDL and HDL, as well as what type of LDL you have. Triglycerides are also very important and you can lower those, and your insulin levels--important for a person with IR--by low carbing.

This is all off topic, but I would look into anemia. This may also be diet related.