Ep. 97: How To Properly Test For Thyroid Function (Hypothyroidism Part 3)

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In this episode we discuss:

  • What causes Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism
  • How to properly interpret your thyroid bloodwork (and what your doctor likely doesn’t know about thyroid testing)
  • How your cholesterol values can be used as markers of thyroid status
  • How symptoms like metabolic rate, body temperature, and pulse rate can be more helpful than blood tests when identifying thyroid status 
  • Ideal blood test values for optimal thyroid function

1:17 – what causes Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and autoimmunity in general

13:30 – how to interpret thyroid blood tests (TSH, T3, T4, rT3)

31:34 – what reverse T3 means on a blood test and how to interpret rT3 values

34:44 – looking at all thyroid markers together to determine thyroid status

40:38 – cholesterol levels as a marker of thyroid status, and the problems with cholesterol levels that are too high or too low 

52:34 – the relationship between cholesterol, heart disease, and thyroid status

56:04 – other blood markers that can be indicative of thyroid status (SHBG, ferritin) 

57:02 – how we can use symptoms like metabolic rate, body temperature, and pulse rate to determine thyroid status 

1:12:14 – other symptoms that can be used as indicators of thyroid status (low energy, fatigue, low immune function, dry or cracking skin, hair loss brittle nails, slow motility, weight gain, low mood) 

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