Labwork & Diagnosis
In any patient with symptoms of Hypothyroidism, the most commonly ordered blood test is the TSH, which is an inadequate test when used alone.
Unfortunately most Doctors including Endocrinologists will not treat Hypothyroidism, until the TSH reaches 5 to 10, even if the patient is suffering with symptoms of Low Thyroid.
The latest guidelines by the American college of Endocrinology considers anybody with a TSH >3.0 as Hypothyroid.
In any patient with symptoms suggestive of Hypothyroidism, initial blood work should include TSH, FT4, FT3 and anti-TPO antibodies. Additional testing may include a Thyroid Ultrasound and FNAC (Fine needle aspiration cytology) if a nodule is felt.
A TRH Stimulation test and a 24 urinary FT3 levels may be required to diagnose “Subclinical Hypothyroidism” especially in patients with normal TSH, FT4 & FT3, but have significant Hypothyroid symptoms
At Ageless Integrated Medicine, we AIM to achieve Ideal TSH levels (1-2 miU / ml).
In addition to obtaining a thorough blood work panel, additional testing for associated problems like Gluten intolerance, Food allergies, presence of Heavy metal toxins, low levels of Protein, Magnesium, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iodine, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Omega 3 Fatty acids should be considered.
This website is for informational purposes only and does not offer medical advice. Some of the statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and services discussed are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All the services offered at Ageless Integrated Medicine can be prescribed by our Physician, which will include a thorough review of your Medical History, Physical Examination and possible Blood work Laboratory analysis. After such a thorough review, our Physician will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for the treatment sought based on your Individual Medical History, current health status and Laboratory results.