Hypothyroidism (Types & Causes)
The three main types of Hypothyroidism are:
Primary: Decreased Production of T4 & T3 by the Thyroid gland.
- Can be sub-clinical (TSH 5-10, T4 & T3 Normal)
- Mild (TSH 10-30, T4 & T3 Low normal)
- Moderate (TSH >30, T4 & T3 Low)
Secondary: Decreased Conversion of T4 and T3
- Conversion of T4 to T3 (TSH Normal, FT4 normal, FT3 Low)
- Decreased Conversion is due to Aging, Stress, Illness, and Fasting
Tertiary: Due to Thyroid receptors being insensitive to T3
- TSH normal, T4 & T3 normal
- Low thyroid symptoms are present despite normal levels and get better only with Thyroid replacement
All 3 scenarios result in Identical symptoms of Hypothyroidism.
LOW T3 LEVELS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SYMPTOMS, NOT TSH or FT4
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of Hypothyroidism in the USA among patients above 6 years of age. Women are 7 times more affected than men with this disorder. It is characterized by the destruction of the Thyroid gland by antibodies produced against the Thyroid cells.
The most common antibody is anti-TPO (Thyroperoxidase). Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is frequently associated with other autoimmune diseases (Celiac disease, Adrenal insufficiency, pernicious anemia and Type 1 Diabetes mellitus).
An Integrative Medicine approach AIM’s to identify the root causes and eliminate them.
In addition to taking the appropriate Thyroid medication (Nature Thyroid, Armor thyroid or WP thyroid), root cause elimination involves:
- Eliminating certain foods (Gluten, Dairy / GMO Soy)
- Reducing inflammation (Glutathione, NAC)
- Treating infections (H Pylori, Yersinia, Candida)
- Appropriate supplementation (Vitamin D, A, B2, B12)
- Exercise, Stress reduction
- Detoxification from heavy metals (Mercury and Lead) and petrochemical toxins (Pesticides and PCB’s)
Utilizing such a multipronged approach can result in complete remission of symptoms can help achieve Remission (reversing Hashimoto’s disease) (Usually seen within 3 to 6 months of removing Gluten, Dairy and Soy from the Diet).
Enclosed below (Table 4) has a detailed list of all the various causes of Hypothyroidism
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