Effects of Thyroid Disease

January 5th, 2010 by admin

Thyroid disease can affect the body’s metabolism, growth, weight, temperature and energy level.

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I have Hypothyroidism should I monitor my glucose levels?

December 21st, 2009 by admin

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I have hypothyroidism, taking levothyroxine, and my doctor had me tested for diabetes. I haven’t got the results yet. I have a monitor, test strips, lancets (not given to me by my doctor, but some one in my family gave it to us for some reason not sure). It works perfectly. Would it be a goood idea to check my glucose levels every now and then?  Would it give me any idea wither I have diabetes? Is it good to know your glucose levels? How often should I check it?

It’s a good idea to check your glucose levels now and then if you are at risk for diabetes. Risk factors include being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, and if there are any diabetic blood relatives. Since hypothyroidism slows the metabolism, I would think that might be a factor also.

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At any rate, fasting glucose levels should be between 80 and 110 mg/dl (4.4 – 6.1 mmol/l). Two hours after a meal, the glucose level should not exceed 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l). Above 200 (11.1) is diabetic, and between 140 and 200 is prediabetic, borderline, impaired glucose tolerance… there are many names for it, but suffice to say, anything over 140 means you’re on your way toward becoming diabetic. To satisfy curiosity, you could check a couple of times a day for a week. If your numbers fall within the normal range, you can probably put the meter away. Then, bring it out maybe once every six months, or so.

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What are the Symptoms of an Elevated Thyroid?

November 14th, 2009 by admin

I got a blood test and it shows that my TSH is a bit elevated. My neck feels a lil swollen and I feel a bit hyper. Is this overreactive thyroid? I also have shortness of breath at night when I am going to bed. But not asleep yet.

Is your TSH elevated high (big number) hypothyroid or low (small number) hyperthyroid?? I am currently hyperthyroid on purpose to suppress any cancer and the symptoms that I have is elevated heart rate/ pulse with a TSH of .26. When I was even more hyperthyroid (TSH .08) I had extreme anxiety/ nervousness, jittery/ hyper, every elevated heart rate at rest, fine hand tremors, increased sweating, sensitivity towards heat, insomia, and I felt like my breathing was heavier at night.

Well, symptoms of hypothyroidism usually include tiredness, weakness, feeling cold or chilled, dry hair and skin, brittle nails, depression, constipation, trouble thinking clearly, and for women, heavy or irregular menstrual periods. I went into extreme hypothyroidism (TSH 162) after a total thyroidectomy and being off any thyroid replacement hormone for a month made me feel mostly lazy and my heart rate/pulse was lower/weaker. That shortness of breath you have is associated with hypothyroidism, some with the swelling.

However, your hyperactivity is not associated with high TSH levels, lethargy is. A hyper feeling is generally associated with hyperthyroidism (I’m  currently this) or an over dose. Sorry this is so long, I was confused if you are showing “hypo” or “hyper” symptoms. Hope this helps.


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Hypothyroidism – Are You Suffering Needlessly?

October 26th, 2009 by admin

Do you feel badly most of the time and cannot figure out why?  You may have a condition called Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and not even know it.  Oprah brought attention to this medical issue when it happened to her.  The list of symptoms below may indicate that you could possibly be suffering needlessly from a thyroid problem that can easily be treated by your doctor.

Are you experiencing any of these problems in your daily life: fatigue, sluggishness, poor concentration or memory loss, dry skin, low sex drive, cold feet and hands,  hair thinning, thick and cracking nails, fluid retention, hoarse voice, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, weight gain or loss, anemia, aching joints, low body temperature, PMS, infertility, muscle cramps, pain or weakness?  A combination of these symptoms can affect the quality of your life and are treatable.  It’s not a normal part of life to feel this way.  Do you want to feel alert, energetic and youthful again?  Then go get tested now!  There is a home thyroid test that you can take in the privacy and comfort of your own home.


Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland is not working properly and slows down causing all body systems to do the same. This affects men and women of all ages, although women are affected 8 times more than men.   It affects the entire body – your brain, heart, organs, hormones, etc….  Your thyroid is the master metabolism hormone that controls the function and activity of every organ, and every cell, in the body.  Low thyroid function can lead to more serious problems such as diabetes and heart attacks.  Your chances of having this condition increase dramatically if it runs in your family as it is a genetic problem.


Conventional medicine has a hard time diagnosing it.  TSH is the usual test to determine if you have it.  Don’t suffer unnecessarily anymore – get tested  and determine if you have a low functioning thyroid and together with your doctor you can create a plan of healthy living that includes dietary changes and medical treatment to change the way you feel everyday. About half of the estimated 35 million Americans with thyroid disease remain undiagnosed.  All those symptoms that you have been experiencing are not just a normal part of aging – you can do something about it!  Go get tested now !


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