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    Old 03-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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    Question Question on Hashimoto/Borderline hypo

    Hey everyone! After almost 2 years of feeling ill and being told I was simply stressed out even after a one year sabbatical, my thyroid tests came back positive and my doctor is pretty much convinced I've got Hashimoto (borderline hypo, though no antibodies done).

    Now the question is... She said that early hypo/hashimoto isn't treatable and that we have to wait until it stabilizes or goes full-blown hyper or hypo. She is a nephrologist (kidney specialist), so until I see and endocrinologist I wanted to know the opinion here in the forum on what can or cannot be done about borderline hypo or suspected hashimoto.

    Results for reference:
    TSH - 4.6 (0.3 - 4.0, though some suggest 3.0 it would seem)
    Free T4 - 16 (12 - 22, so on the lower side even with high tsh)

    Lab "refused" to do Free T3 because Free T4 was within range it seems, "Low T3 is impossible with normal T4" the doc said, though I doubt it. :/

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    Old 03-12-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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    Re: Question on Hashimoto/Borderline hypo

    My blood test indicated that I am moderately hypothyroid. My TSH: 8.88 .
    However, I am totally healthy and don't have the usual symptoms that would be expected. So my doctor set me up for a second blood test just to confirm the first test. The first test could have been in error. I haven't gone for the second test yet but will do so sometime this month.

    In the mean time, I bought a book, "The Thyroid source book", and it has been a big help. But, even after reading the book, I felt like something was missing. I began to wonder if my diet was causing it. I eat a very healthy low calorie diet. So, I did a search: "Does a low calorie diet cause hypothyroidism?" The answer is "yes" it can be the cause.

    I learned that when they studied centenarians they usually find moderate hypothyroidism. That's why they live to be centenarians. Low calorie diets slow down the metabolism and thus slow down aging. And, in the process of slowing down the metabolism, the thyroid slows down too. It seems only natural.

    Of course if it gets too slow you will have some adverse symptoms like fatique.

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