Natural Ways To Treat Underactive Thyroid

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to Lose Weight with an Underactive Thyroid?
    A family member was recently diagnosed with an underactive thyroid / hypothyroidism and has been having difficulties losing weight. Although there are many exercise and "lose weight" programs out there, she needs to know how to lose weight with an underactive thyroid.

    I've read that one of the main symptoms of an underactive thyroid is problematic weight gain. If you have any suggestions or resources it would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Learning how to lose weight with an underactive thyroid can be a difficult and confusing task. First, you need to know that excessive weight gain is a “symptom” of hypothyroidism as a whole. Your goal should be to treat the condition (hypothyroidism) first and that will help reduce or eliminate the symptoms in the long run.

      With that being said, there are some things you can do to help control your weight and even lose weight with an underactive thyroid.

      Here are some "How to lose weight with an underactive thyroid" tips that can help you with your goal...

      #1 – Increase meals and decrease portion sizes
      #2 – Find ways to get your heart moving throughout the day
      #3 – Make sure you are getting enough sleep
      #4 – Learn how to detoxify your body every 6-12 months
      #5 – Utilize natural supplements

      There are several others, but you can read the entire article at: http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/weight-loss-with-hypothyroidism.html

      I hope this helps you out.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid problems be treated with yoga?
    I have an underactive thyroid and my doctor says that the tablets are for life. Now im hearing that after some yoga sessions you may not need to take any tablets!

    • ANSWER:
      I have an underactive thyroid (hypoactive). I was initially diagnosed with hypothyroidism 3 years ago- my TSH level came back at 497! So they called me in to redo my blood tests the next day- it was 387 that time. My father also had Grave's disease, had the iodine cocktail, and now of course, has hypothyroidism since he has no thyroid, and is on a very high dose of Synthroid forever. For the next 2 years, I was tested on different dosages of Synthroid (the generic did not work AT ALL for me), with my highest dose being .175 every morning. About a year ago, I decided to try the "natural remedies" without taking Synthorid and see if it improved on its own. A year went by, and I have just had my TSH checked this week and after not being on any medications and adjusting what I eat (there is a great book called "The Thyroid Diet") and doing pilates and regular exercise, my body became healthier on its own. However, my TSH level is at 150 after one year of no medication. So, I am a firm beleiver that a thyroid problem is a chemical problem, and no matter what you eat or how you exercise, it will still be a chemical problem. I am a firm believer that someone with thyroid problems probably needs the medication with appropriate diet and exercise. That would be the ideal way- I think the diet and exercise help your entire body become healthier, not to mention keeping a healthier weight wich is always a task with thyroid problems. So, maybe one could live on taking lower doses of medication - rather than a higher dose with poor thyroid nutiriton and no/little exercise. I have also noticed that when I am taking Synthroid, my hiar doesn't fall out as much, my skin isn't as dry, and my nails are not as brittle. All the yoga, exercise, pilates, and great nutiriton in the world will not take away the dark circles...Synthroid did help with this problem somewhat. I am starting back on my medication as we speak, so I will give you an update in a few months and let you know the difference! Hope this helped. :)

  3. QUESTION:
    What are possible ways that the body reacts to trauma?
    Okay well a friend "Jasmine" of mine has a problem where she loses hair, so far she has went to the doctor and the doctor diagnosed it as "stress". So "Jasmine" had a lot of problems as a child.Could it be that her body is rejecting all that trauma out through her body?

    • ANSWER:
      the condition where the hair comes out is alopecia

      Traumatic alopecia is hair loss caused by an injury to the scalp.Traumatic alopecia is usually caused by grooming methods that attempt to straighten the natural kinkiness of hair in order to make the hair more managable. It is a result of stress traction injury from tight rollers and braiding as well as overheating the hair shafts. Vigorous combing and chemical bleaches and styling products can additionally irritate the scalp to cause further hair loss

      Other disorders include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, cicatricial alopecia, and traumatic alopecias. The diagnosis is usually based on a thorough history and a focused physical examination.

      Hopefully the Doctor has done some tests on your friend, because there are lots of medical causes for this problem including;
      Alopecia areata is sometimes associated with other autoimmune conditions such as allergic disorders, thyroid disease, vitiligo, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. Sometimes, alopecia areata occurs within family members, suggesting a role of genes and heredity

      Please NEVER rely on us here at yahoo answers for the best answer. I do think your friend should get a 2nd opinion from another Doctor to make sure that nothing else is causing it.

      There is an Actress from England, Gail Porter, who has lost her hair. Maybe if you read up on her, you can find some more info.

      This is the best one I could find about stress and trauma http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14342447/
      A sudden hormone change (usually a drop in hormone levels)
      After the birth of a baby ( delivery of the placenta causes the levels of pregnancy hormones to plummet)
      Discontinuing birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
      High fever
      Acute trauma (surgery, physical injury or psychological trauma)
      Severe dieting ( inadequate protein and iron intake)
      Underactive or overactive thyroid
      Diseases such as diabetes and lupus
      Chemotherapy
      Medications: These include retinoids, blood pressure medication, anti-depressants, certain birth control pills and even NSAID’s (including Ibuprofen)
      Burns or radiation therapy
      Note with stress alopecia, the loss over the scalp is general, not patchy and hair loss on other parts of the body can also occur. You and your doctor may be able to ascertain if your hair loss falls in the category of stress alopecia by simply running your fingers through your hair and seeing if the many hairs that are shed have clubbed shafts.

      AGAIN please use this info for your own use. Please don't worry your friend with all of these answers. Just encourage her. I guess stress can cause hair loss, but whatever the true CAUSE is, The cause NEEDS TO BE TREATED.

  4. QUESTION:
    does any hair grow treatment really works?
    Ive been trying all along my life as many hair grow treatments as they come along my way, and no one seems to work. Is there any treatment/producto that really works?

    • ANSWER:
      A loss of hair can occur due to a variety of reasons in both men and women, although men have a higher percentage of problems in this area than women. Your hair is a great indicator of the general health of your body. When you experience a higher-than-normal loss of your hair it is usually down to some deficiency in your immune system, but not always. For example, heredity, poor nutrition, hormonal imbalances, stress, underactive thyroid glands, and even vitamin deficiencies can all play their part. The causes are varied and many, but the good news is that most of them can be treated successfully, with the exception of genetic baldness, so take a look at your grandfather if you want to know what's in store for you.

      Try a Natural Hair Loss Treatment

      Although there are a number of drugs on the market, most successful studies have shown that some of the best results are achieved using natural treatments. Medications and surgery can often have serious side effects, which one usually only learns about after the surgery. However, even when told before surgery, many will go ahead anyway in fear of living with thinning hair or a bald patch. The philosophy behind a natural treatment is that what is good for your body is good for your hair; in other words a healthy body will have healthy hair. So, one starts at the root of the problem, dealing from the inside outwards first and therefore, hopefully, solves the problem with little to no side effects.

      Prevention Is Better Than Cure

      While there are some things which cannot be prevented, like bad genes, the others we can work on effectively to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. Proper nutrition and vitamins as well as exercising are vital for a healthy body and hair. Regular check ups with your family doctor will warn you before its too late and you are already experiencing hair loss. Your body is very fragile despite what it goes through everyday; anything you do and eat reflects on your health directly - and subsequently your hair.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone have hypothyroidism? can you treat it without a prescription medication?
    i'm 20 and just got diagnosed with an underactive thyroid ...i was wondering if there are any natural ways or thyroid supplements i could take to boost its function and help me get back to normal ....?

    • ANSWER:
      I have to take medication for mine. I haven't heard of any supplements to take. The medication is probably cheaper than any supplements anyway. I take the generic (L-Thyroxine) and only pay .00 for a 3 month supply.

  6. QUESTION:
    natural ways to cure a thyroid?
    i don't like to take medicine at all, i quit drinking over a year ago and since then i became a vegetarian and then quit taking medicine b/c i wanna keep my body as natural as possible.
    bummer is i recently found out that i have a mild thyroid, i was given the option to take a steroid to tame it, but i refuse to. what is a natural way to cure/tame a thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      I am clearly missing something somewhere, the natural way since the stone age was basically not to get better. Once you developed a chronic condition you were stuck with it. An acute one was often fatal, pneumonia often killed you, an infected wound was frequently a lethal and terminal event.

      The natural course of a patient with underactive thyroid was for the patient to get tired and sluggish, for them to feel cold and their skin to coarsen. Their hair would thin and their nails become brittle, their voice deepened and became croaky and they became course featured and expressionless. They became depressed, slow witted and sometime psychotic, (myxoedematous madness.) They gained weight and their heart rate slowed, they were also more prone to heart failure and heart attacks.

      This situation remained unchanged until in 1894 Eugen Baumann a brilliant German scientist was the first to treat people's underactive thyroids with extracts made from animal thyroid glands. In 1914, the American biochemist Edward Kendall isolated and used the crystalline form of the hormone, which was later named thyroxine. In 1926 the British chemist C. R. Harington (1897-1972) determined thyroxine's exact structure and synthesized it. Their unnatural genius has allowed millions of people to be successfully treated with replacement hormone and avoid this suffering.

      Your choice, use their discoveries or be cold, dry, slow and dim.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural way to treat Underactive Thyroid ??
    Thank you very much !!

    Rebecca

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty of iodine might help. A large table spoon of vegemite every day or vegemite sandwiches contain plenty of iodine. There is also iodine in sea food. An iodine supplement might also help.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can hypothyroidism get worse?
    First of all, what causes a thyroid to become underactive? Secondly, if on treatment what can happen in later life?

    • ANSWER:
      Many things can cause hypothyroidism. It may be a problem with the pituitary gland that's not getting the signal from the brain to produce thyroid stimulating hormone. It could be an autoimmune response where the body attacks the thyroid. Radiation, hormonal changes especially during menopause, estrogen dominance and certain prescription drugs such as lithium can also lead to hypothyroidism.

      The risks of untreated hypothyroidism include serious heart problems, infertility, decreased mental functioning and myxedema which slows the metabolism to a point that the person can get into coma.

      The good news is that if you're treated appropriately you can lead a healthy and enjoyable life. There are many ways to treat low thyroid function, traditional and natural. The thing is to find what works best for you!

  9. QUESTION:
    Masterbating can be cause of hair loss?
    Hey every one.
    I have lost hair of in front of my head. Hair lossing from past year make a very thik hair. But now dramatically controlled by a hair oil. Some told me that it can be cause of masterbating becuase I am msterbating to from past one year.

    Is he true. please advise me. Is there any natural way to grow my hear faster then fast like any fruits tonic etc.

    thanks
    -My age is 25 yrs.
    -I am a Software developer so Stresss is very much. Becuase i stay in front of computer most part of the day.
    -Doctor have checked my skin , blood and told no virus and vacterial attack.
    -No my father nor mother or any member of my family have this problem accept my uncle and grand father.
    -i am not suffered in any serious illness or disease before

    • ANSWER:
      No Masturbation is the least of your worries. Whoever told you that it was probably just wanted to have you over-react!

      I'm going to explain to you the reason why people have hair loss, treatments, and things to ask your doctor!

      Each hair grows in cycles—it grows, rests, and then falls out. Usually, this cycle repeats approximately yearly. At any time, about ninety percent of a person's scalp hair is growing, a phase that lasts between two and six years. Ten percent of the scalp hair is in a resting phase that lasts between two and three months. At the end of its resting stage, the hair goes through a shedding phase.

      Causes and Risk Factors of Hair Loss
      High fever, severe infection, major surgery, significant life stressor. From four weeks to three months after a person has a high fever, severe infection, major surgery, or significant life stressor such as death in the family, he or she may be shocked to see a lot of hair falling out. This condition usually corrects itself but may require treatment.

      Thyroid disease Both an overactive and underactive thyroid can cause hair loss. The hair loss associated with thyroid disease can be reversed with proper treatment.

      Inadequate protein in diet. Some vegetarians, people who go on crash diets that exclude protein, and those with severely abnormal eating habits, may develop protein malnutrition. When this happens, a person's body will help to save protein by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. Massive hair shedding can occur two to three months later. Hair can then be pulled out by the roots. This condition can be reversed by eating the proper amount of protein.

      Medications. Prescription drugs can cause temporary hair shedding in a small percentage of people. Examples of such drugs are blood thinners, some drugs used to treat gout and arthritis, acne, or psoriasis, and some medications for heart problems.

      Low serum iron Iron deficiency sometimes produces hair loss. Low iron can be detected by laboratory tests and corrected with iron pills.

      Alopecia areata. In this type of hair loss, hair usually falls out, resulting in totally smooth, round patches about the size of a coin or larger. This disease may affect children, women or men of any age.

      Androgenic alopecia. This is the most common type of hair loss and is often called "male- or female-pattern baldness". The hair usually thins out first in the front of the scalp and moves progressively to the back and top of the head. It tends to be progressive. This type of hair loss also runs in families.

      Treatment of Hair Loss
      If hair loss is caused by a temporary situation such as medication, stress or insufficient iron, however, however, the hair loss will stop when its cause ends. Hair loss due to infection may require oral antibiotics or antifungals. Alopecia areata can be treated with injections of steroids such as triamcinolone into the area. For all of the causes, early treatment works the best.

      For hair loss caused by androgenic alopecia, there is no cure, although many treatments are available. Finasteride (Propecia) is a prescription hair loss treatment that is prescribed for men only. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is rubbed directly onto the scalp and works for both men and women. It usually works best for hair loss at top and back of the scalp, where there is still some remaining hair. This is available over the counter at most pharmacies.

      Well chosen hairstyles can often hide hair loss effectively. Partial hairpieces or wigs are recommended if hair loss is severe.

      Finally, hair transplantation has improved dramatically over the last several years. During a hair transplant, healthy hairs are harvested from an area of the scalp with normal hair growth. Individual hairs are then placed into areas of hair loss. When done well, the result is extremely natural appearing.

      Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Hair Loss
      What is causing the hair loss?

      Is this due to a temporary cause that will correct itself?

      Is it related to any medication I currently take?

      How can the problem be corrected?

      Is it diet related?

      If so, what needs to be changed in the diet?

      How can the hair damage be repaired?

      Should I consider taking medication?

  10. QUESTION:
    Type 1 Diabetes & Hypothyroidism..medication interactions? Options? PLEASE HELP!!?
    I am a juvenile diabetic of 18 years on an insulin pump & just today was told that I have underactive thyroid. I am going to the Dr on Tues but wanted to get some info before I went to be better educated. Are there medicnes I should avoid? Are Rx or natural meds the way to go? BAsically Im looking forany advice that might prove to help me in getting my life back on track w the least amount of complications. Anyone w info on this topic it would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      type 1 diabetics are at higher risk for thyroid disease since both are autoimmune diseases. do no try to treat with "natural" meds. use a brand name thyroid hormone supplement and stay with the same brand as long as possible. generic levothyroxine can have variability in bio-availability (see http://www.endo-society.org/publicpolicy/policy/upload/Joint_Statement_Levothyroxine-Thyroxine.pdf ) you may want to be treated by an endocrinologist, if you do not already have one for DM treatment. Endos are generally much more knowledgeable in the treatment of thyroid disorders.

  11. QUESTION:
    slow thiroid need speed up to loose weight?
    been given wrong medicine(i think) for loosing weight, been told that its far to slow. Im going to sleep at all times I sluggis always tired, my work is phyisical but not that much that Im knackered. should be around (max) 16 stone but Im 20 stone, any advice or help please

    • ANSWER:
      Under active thyroids are so hard to deal with.
      Thyroxine doesnt work for everyone and I wouldnt recommend it when you are so heavy anyway, as thyroxine can affect your blood pressure and your heart rate.

      The only way to get weight down is to eat power foods - and even then this wont work until something can be taken to affect the thyroid itself.

      It does not seem to be an easy thing for doctors to treat. Over active isnt a problem - underactive is.

      All I can advise you is to rest when it is needed - trying to carry on through it doesnt work. Sleep well at night - this totally helps.
      Keep stress to a minimum as this definitely adds to the tiredness.

      There is something called Armour Thyroxine which apparently is a natural based product that is available from America - so you could try looking into the benefits of that and see if it is suitable for you - and be sure to tell your doctor if you take this or any other remedy for your thyroid.

      Remember that taking short breaks of five minutes here, ten minutes there will help you through the day.

      Other than that - like thousands of other sufferers you just have to keep on waiting until they find a cure.

      Have you looked into Lightning Therapy? Some say this has helped them with chronic fatigue and underactive thyroid.
      Again - inform your doctor if you undertake this therapy.

      Wishing you well.

  12. QUESTION:
    is it okey using slimming pills for my health?

    • ANSWER:
      i went on a cabbage diet and lost a stone and ahalf in 3 weeks the natural way to slim is always the best search on google for the cabbage diet and follow the guidlines strickly i was ten stone and i'm now 8 and a half and i have an underactive thyroid gland wich means you find it hard to loose weight i have to take a tablet for this everyday but the diet still worked a treat alot of celebs are into it jordan is a fan of it the only natural tabletis adios they have aparantly brought a stronger one out now my sister tried it said it was no good shes loosing weight now on the cabbage diet fast it speeds up your metabalism i'd definatly check it out it worked for me do some light exercise to dont go mad though men dont like stick thin women you will find most men prefer awoman a size ten to twelve they need some body heat next to them in the winter ther are no shortcuts you will feel more of an achievement if you do it yourself naturally good luck cat xx

  13. QUESTION:
    I have a underactive thyroid, what supplements can I take to help myself?
    I went to a ND and found that I have an underactive thyroid (I suspected this much, my hair has thinned and I'm always tired), I would really like to try helping my condition on my own before shelling out the money he's asking for to treat this thing. Maybe I should, he says my hair will come back in, anyway do you have any suggestions, I have heard of kelp, I was at the natural foods store today and saw so many thyroid supplements I couldn't even guess w/o more education on the matter. Penny for your thoughts...
    u know more than once I went to MD's and they treated me like I was a 20 something year old female boo whooing b/c her hair was shedding and she felt tired, this ND did a thorough exam for at least 1 hr and then told me this info, even though I suspected it for years. I waited to hear them say it, I never mentioned it the ND. I wanted to cry when i finally heard it, b/c I really knew something was going on w/ my body but MD's wouldn't listen

    • ANSWER:
      Did your ND do blood tests or did he diagnose just by history? if he diagnosed only by history and PE, that is inadequate.
      You need to find out why you're hypothyroid. Iodine supplements will help only for cases of iodine deficiency. However, this cause of hypothyroidism is really rare especially in developed countries. You need to find out more and I suggest seeing a GP or get a referral to an
      endocrinologist. This is a doctor who specializes in glands such as the thyroid. The specialist will perform tests to find out if your thyroid is really hypoactive (the correct term for underactive) or if there's something else going on.

      Edit: I'm sorry your MD treated you that way. Many can be like that due to assholism or just plain fatigue. Still, diagnosing hypothyroidism is not diagnosed just by "examining for an hour" and being nice. Hair loss and weakness are very non-specific symptoms and it can be several other things aside from hypothyroidism. If you don't like your doctor go see another one.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of an underactive thyroid during the first 2 -3 weeks of pregnancy?
    There is link between mothers with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) during pregnancy and developmental delays in their babies. 20% of these children have IQ scores of less than 85 compared to 5% of the children of women with normal thyroids. Unborn babies 12 weeks and younger are 100% dependent on their mothers for their thyroid hormones.

    If a woman were only 2 weeks pregnant and was found to have an underactive thyroid and was only beginning to take medication for the condition, could the baby have cognitive impairments from the mother going the first two - three weeks without receiving treatment for her hypothyroidism?

    I think it's a possibility that I have an under active thyroid, which is why I'm concerned. I've been extremely tired lately, usually feel cold, constipated, have heavy irregular periods and have gained 15 pounds in the past seven months. I'm not normally a hypochondriac, but if I do have that condition, I'm concerned since it's a possibility that I may be pregnant. I am having it checked next Tuesday.

    • ANSWER:
      For underactive thyroid Thats called hypothyroidism. I was hyperthyroid and I am not balanced. The natural way to go would be seaweed or blackcohosh,walnuts. I dont believe its dangeraous to the babay but check with your doctor. Seaweed treat hypoand hyperthyroidism. Nori has the least iodine and best to eat, and contains vitamin a&c. Can start with walnuts first and then see how it goes. if not better add little bit of nori vegetable to soup, salads or steam veggies. Medication has side effects and the natural form above barely has none. God Bless.

  15. QUESTION:
    Help with a thyroid problem?
    On Tuesday I have to go to a specialist because I got a bloodtest done a couple weeks ago and it said I have a underactive thyroid or something like that and a low white blood cell count. I'm gonna be getting another bloodtest done on tuesday but can somebody tell me what else they're gonna do to me at the doctor? i think its called a endocrinologist

    • ANSWER:
      They will ask some questions to see if you have hypo symptoms, when they do more blood work a good endocrinologist will test your TSH (make sure they use the correct range which was updated in 2002 but many doctors and labs have yet to switch which may tell you something about the doctor), FREE T4 and FREE T3 possibly Reverse T3 as well.

      Some other things that are good to have checked when you have hypothyroid (under active thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormones) are Iron, ferritin (should be above 70 when you have a thyroid condition) vit c and vit D. All are important to make sure they do not cause thyroid like symptoms.

      Low white blood cell count is a common symptom of hashimoto thyroiditis so you should make sure they test you for antibodies. A BAD endocrinologist will say something like "testing antibodies is pointless because it wont change the way your treated" then you know that Dr is NOT up to date on current studies and treatment and you should look for another.

      Check out Dr Kharrazian. He is fantastic wrote a great book and has a nice website...
      http://drknews.com/
      http://www.thyroidbook.com/

      Also I suggest natural thyroid medication if they give you medication. TOO many doctors give synthetics and they just dont work good for soo many. check out this site...
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/

  16. QUESTION:
    anyone know much about underactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      it's a dangerous condition, can lead to heart attacks.
      you have to get a full blood panel done: Free and total T3 and T4, as well as Reverse T3 (shows how much T3 your body can USE as opposed to what's floating about FOR use, sometimes a vast difference). many doctors will argue a reverse T3 is not needed but it is the only real way to compare the other numbers. get TSH, calcium levels, also tests on the parathyroid glands as an underactive thyroid will often domino into parathyroids not functioning well--they asimilate and distribute calcium: muscles get calcium first in the body chain, if they cant get it, they suck from the bones=osteoporesis. get adrenal tests as if adrenals are low, thyroid rx wont work. have to treat adrenals before thyroid, and thyroid before parathyroid.
      stay away from all goitrogen foods, especially soy. look up "goitrogen" on the web and dont eat those foods, they deplete thyoid hormones whether rx or natural made by your body. try to get on a natural rx like Armour or pure T3 made by pharmacies to order.....synthroid is a synthetic rx, most people end up on it because that's what MDs push via the pharmacy companies, but it uses acacia gum as a filler, many people are allergic to acacia trees and it can poison the body instead of helping it....good luck

  17. QUESTION:
    A lot of diabetes questions?
    I need your opinion- I am very new to diabetes. I am 21 weeks pregnant and just found out I am diabetic. They don't believe it is gestational. I am 22 yrs old, 4'11 90lbs. I have autoimmune hepatitis diagnosed when I was 16. (my immune system attacks my liver) Along with the diabetes I found out I have a very under active thyroid. All of these things that are wrong with me are like the complete opposite of my body type. An underactive thyroid would cause you to gain weight right? Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in heavier people right? I had no symptoms of ANYTHING. My docs are still pretty baffled so I don't get good answers from them- do you guys think any of this could be related to the other? I was also wondering how an insulin pump works? My levels are CRAZY- my fasting level is sometimes over 300 so the docs mentioned if it doesn't get under control we may need to use a pump. I already take 5 shots a day (Humalog and Humalin) so how would a pump be different? I AM SO CONFUSED!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, there. I've been a diabetic for over 40 years (I'm 42) and I had two very normal pregnancies. I'm also on a pump, but remember very well the days when I had to take 5-6 shots every day. Please know you are not alone. :)

      I am EXTREMELY concerned that your doctors are not answering your questions. They also are not handling your pregnancy the way a diabetic pregnancy should be handled. You should be seeing an Endocrinologist who is specially trained in treating diabetes. This is very important. Your lack of weight gain with hypothyroidism is probably because you had undiagnosed diabetes. Your high blood sugars caused your body to not absorb what you ate. I don't think that's unusual at all. It's just unfortunate -- you must have felt AWFUL!

      The disparity in your fasting sugars could be due to any of the following:

      - During pregnancy, your body will sometimes use a LOT of glucose very suddenly. This can cause very sudden low blood sugars. Extremely low sugars cause the liver to release glycogen, a natural form of sugar, which raises your bloodsugar but can send it through the roof. Many diabetics don't feel the symptoms of low blood sugars, so ... once again ... you're actually very "normal" in that respect. :)

      - You should also try to always eat some protein when you eat carbs. Eating carbs alone can cause your sugar to rapidly elevate and then plummet. Eating protein with the carbs helps your body maintain a more level sugar. Have you met with a dietitian to work out a diet plan? That is very important, especially right now.

      - Because of the fluctuation of your sugars and the fact you're pregnant, you may find your sugars stay more stable if you eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. Eating smaller meals throughout the day will also help you fell much better.

      Regarding the pump, switching to a pump is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby. Being on a pump will eliminate taking multiple shots every day and will help keep your sugars much more stable. You will need to test more frequently, but you will feel SO much better that it will be worth it. I've been on a pump for over 5 years and would never go back to the "old" way. Pumps are not hard to use, and you should receive extensive training on how to effectively use it to regulate your sugars. It may seem like a big change, but you will never regret it.

      I could ramble on and on about achieving better control. Please feel free to contact me personally if you have more questions.

      But -- FIND A BETTER DOCTOR right away. Ideally, you should be seeing an Endocrinologist who has a dietitian and a diabetes educator on staff. Finding a specialist should be your top priority right now.

      I wish you the best of luck. Please post updates on how you're doing. God bless!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I get pregnant whilst undergoing treatment for thyroid antibodies?
    Hi everyone

    My partner and I have decided to try for another baby. After my first child I was diagnosed with post-partum hyperthyroiditis, which eventually turned into an underactive thyroid, and then went on to develop thyroid antibodies.

    I am currently on 75mcg thyroxine, having been increased from 50mcg a couple of months ago. I have been on thyroxine for about a year. The doctor recently told me that it is recommended to have a TSH level of between 0 and 4. Mine is currently 3.2, so it is in the recommended zone at the moment, but I have been warned that it will go up gradually.

    I'm wondering, will I have trouble conceiving? I read somewhere that doctors like TSH levels to be between 0 and 2 if you are trying for a baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Samantha,
      Sometimes - but certainly not always - thyroid disease can affect your fertility. According to Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld, a practicing thyroidologist, and Founding Chairman of the Thyroid Society for Education and Research, fairly common problems caused by thyroid dysfunction are anovulation (no ovulation, or release of an egg) and menstrual irregularities. With no egg to fertilize, conception is impossible. However, if you have thyroid disease and are contemplating pregnancy, you would be advised to become educated about how thyroid dysfunction can affect fertility and pregnancy - and what to do about it. Read all you can, ask questions, and urge your doctors to perform the necessary blood tests to keep your levels in check. Thyroid dysfunction can halt ovulation by upsetting the balance of the body’s natural reproductive hormones. One way to tell if you’re ovulating is to test the level of a pituitary hormone called LH (or luteinizing hormone) by using an ovulation predictor kit. LH stimulates the ovaries to release an egg. The kit will show you if you have that surge in LH that indicates ovulation. If there is too much or too little thyroid hormone, ovulation might not occur.Remember...even though you may be menstruating regularly, you may not be ovulating - and may never know that fact until after years of infertility. Hyperthyroidism –is a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone, thyroxine. The condition is often referred to as an "overactive thyroid." Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, means a reduced level of thyroid hormone. This can cause various symptoms, the most common being: tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches, dry skin, lifeless hair and feeling cold. Treatment is usually easy by taking a tablet each day to replace the missing thyroxine. Treatment usually works well and symptoms usually go. Postpartum thyroiditis is a recently discovered problem that spans the spectrum of both hyper and hypothyroidism. This condition, which tends to occur immediately after pregnancy, may produce antibodies which damage thyroid tissue, thereby releasing thyroid hormone passively into the bloodstream and producing hyperthyroidism. During the recovery phase, thyroid levels may fall, producing either temporary or permanent thyroid failure. Since the discovery of thyroid hormones and its tremendous influence on the internal system of our body, in 1915, the thyroid gland and its diseases have been well studied. With the continuing development of medicine, it is possible to detect and diagnose the diseases in their very early stages. However, the treatment of thyroid disease has been proved, at times, to be somewhat troublesome. Sometimes the cure for hyperthyroidism has changed it into hypothyroidism and hypothyroidism is then treated as the final result. This, obviously, produces many problems for the patient. To this end, the situation should be discussed with your doctor or specialist to ascertain that the situation remains in control. When the body delivers too much thyroid hormone, both the mother and the baby can suffer. Miscarriages, premature births, and intrauterine growth retardation can occur when the disorder goes undiagnosed or untreated. These are the dangers of Hyperthyroidism – or having an overactive thyroid gland – and it can pose special concerns during pregnancy. Pregnant women with hyperthyroidism can also develop high blood pressure, and are at greater risk of heart conditions.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject

      http://thyroid.about.com/
      od/gettestedanddiagnosed/
      a/7things.htm

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  19. QUESTION:
    Another question.. RE: my bengal?
    I just posted the other day about my little baby and the incident that happened. I'm happy to say she's doing fantastic!! she plays with us, eats, drinks and uses her litter box.
    She still has the diarrhea. I took her to the vet and she gave me some medicine that you give babies when they have this problem, if it's still happening by monday i'll go back.
    annnyway.. the question is..
    has anyone ever heard of or fed their cats "goop"?
    if consists of one pound raw hamburger, large can of cat food and a lot of water and mix it into a pablum. you can feed it like that or freeze it.
    the other is cooking the hamburger, mixing it with the cat food and then freezing it into small pieces as a treat.
    My vet has never heard of anyone feeding their cats anything like this before, and the lady i got her from swears by it. Just wondering what other peoples thoughts are?
    i stopped giving it to her until the poops are back to normal and i've gotten some more input on it. Thanks muchly!!
    i'm pretty positive that she had the diarrhea before i got her, the woman gave me "albon" and electrolites for her when i picked her up. (said she was worried about another kitties poop because it was yellow, so put them all o it)
    She fed her Iams and Science Diet, as welll as that goop.
    i changed her food to Wellness and have stopped all wet food as well as the goop. She suggested feeding them the "goop" because it holds more protein.. but does it really? is raw beef actually good for them? She was pooping dirrhea before she even ate anything i had put down for her

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lyndsee...generally, when switching to a new brand of cat food it is also important to note that sudden changes can cause sever bowel distress. Cats have very sensitive digestive systems so the quick change will cause bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting. Any vet can confirm this fact. Cat food should be changed gradually by mixing the current brand with the new brand over the course of several weeks. For example you would take 3/4 servings of the old cat food to 1/4 servings with the new for one week...then the next week 1/2 to 1/2...then following 1/4 of the old to 3/4 of the new in the third week before completing the switch in the final week. http://www.peteducation.com:80/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1399&articleid=1155

      Additionally, it's important to schedule feed a cat so you can monitor servings taken in during the day. http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/news/feed.htm . Each product lists the recommended servings based on a age and weight. . Cats who are switched from a free-fed diet should be fed multiple times a day (if permittable) such as once in the morning, mid-day, and then evening before your bedtime.

      Goop diets are fine for Bengals and contrary to what most people know about raw diets for cats is still disputable. Cats are considered obligate carnivores even thought they have been domesticated over thousands of years. Dry food diets has been created for th convenience of the cat owners not truly for the benefit of the felines. Therefore, cats who eat raw diet mixtures and do fine so long as the food is carefully prepared and handled to prevent any e-coli risks. Furthermore, cooked meats actually may be more difficult for a feline's digestive tract to absorb unlike raw. Their digestive system is shorter and designed to better gain the nutrients from the raw diet. To learn more about the truth of dry cat food please consider reading the following at: http://www.blakkatz.com/dryfood.html

      In the wild, animals will naturally eat what they need and no more. The task of searching for food and other basic necessities involves lots of exercise and so wild animals remain naturally fit and healthy.

      The food available to them in their natural habitat is perfectly designed to meet their needs in an environment that has not been tampered with.

      Domestic animals are provided with food which they do not have to hunt for and which is not always suited for their bodies. Cats who are free fed as well as given table scraps are more noted to have obesity problems because they eat out of boredom. In addition, they are often exposed to a lifestyle which contributes to sluggish metabolism, underactive thyroids and livers which are not able to remove toxins or eliminate unwanted fat from their bodies.

      Most commercial grade cat foods contain corn, corn meal which are fillers (carbohydrates) that bind the dry food together as a way of keeping foods lasting longer. Try finding cat food products which are devoid of these ingedients. The first ingredients should show chicken, chicken meal, etc. Most show the first ingredients as corn on the ingredient labels. IAMs, Science Diet, Purina, Whiskas, Friskies ...all have corn listed as the main ingredient. Cats who eat these tend to always feel hungry because the carbs don't metabolize fast enough and cats are obligate carnivores so they need a diet devoid of these types of carbs. Products such as Innova EVO, Nature's Variety Prairie, James Wellbeloved (UK), are premium brands. Most cats who eat these find that they do not eat to eat as much because their appetite is better satiated.

      I hope this little bit of information may be helpful for you and your Bengal baby.

  20. QUESTION:
    What should I do, when it comes to being told now that I have underactive thyroid?
    I'm 27 yrs and about 4 yrs ago I was told fromm blood work that my thyroid level was HIGH and they put me on Snyorid Thryoid medicine 25mg and I kept going 3 months to get it checked and than they said that I had normal level and that I should continue to take 25mg forever tp have normal. But when I got pregnant last year Sept 2010 my Thyroid Specialist said he had to increase it to 75mg, but I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks.
    I went to get a blood work since I'm now seeing a new primary doctor and he told me recently today that my thyroid level is very low and that he wants me to stop taking 25mg thyroid medicine for 1 month and than go back and get blood done to check it out.
    I'm scared, since I'm ttc and have irregular period and have a hard time losing weight. I'm very confused and hope for someone to share any info they may have or from personal experience.
    I did lose about 4lbs in like 3 weeks (strict diet) :)

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your doctor(s) are treating based on TSH alone, This a very BAD way to treat a thyroid condition. You need first ALWAYS ask for copies of your labs, secod MAKE SURE your doctor checks and treats based on TSH, FREE T4 and FREE T3. The 'Free' part is important their is a huge difference between Free T4/t3 and Total T4/T3 or reverse T3, T3 uptake they are all different FREE T3 and FREE T4 are most important to base thyroid treatment on.

      Also you should have your doctor check you for Hashimoto by checking your antibody levels. TPO and thyroglobulin!

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/

      http://drknews.com/

      http://www.thyroidbook.com/

  21. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Screen?
    Hi,

    Will stresses caused the blood test for Thyroid screen not accurate? What is underactive means? & the causes ?(my Free T4 is 14.41 (12-22pmol/L ) and my TSH level is 4.66 while (the normal reference range for my age is 0.27-4.2mu/L)
    How to improve this condition other than taking pills (a very small dosage in morning daily)?

    Pls advise
    Any side effects for taking pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's possible that the stress could affect the results of the test. Also, sometimes other things going on inside the body like an infection (just using this as an example) can mess with the test results.

      As for other ways to treat the thyroid without pills there are a couple of natural products. One I know is in pill form but the other one I don't know which way it comes. This one that I'm going to tell you about is something called Naturthroid. I'm considering it for myself as well once I know if I have a thyroid issue going on.

  22. QUESTION:
    ChronicFatigueSyndrome?Obesity?Depression?Candida?please help!?
    i've known *something* hasn't been right with me since I went to college aged 16. My grandad died and I was quite self conscious about my being chubby but nothing else happened really. Anyways... I've put it down to everything from Candida to Lupus to a million other things (thanks to an alternative health clinic charging me 200 a month to cure me of "Candida"!!)
    I'm starting to think... now that I am in my last yr of uni and wanted to start enjoying life... maybe this is depression/anxiety? I'm quite overweight at the moment but I've lost a stone which is good so far.

    Every day for all 7 years I have felt lethargic to DEATH. I have skipped school/college/uni for no good reason, which I hate but I seem to just have no motivation. When I wake up in the morning I feel so exhausted and so annoyed about waking up that my brain just begs me to go back to sleep!! However, when I'm going on holiday or something I'm always up before my partner!!

    I'm just so lethargic.. it takes me hours to shower.. then i get distracted... then I force myself to brush my hair... then i get distrated and before i know it the day is gone, not to mention uni work...

    From things I have read, my symptoms sound like m.e. a bit, but I AM physically able to do some things, for instance, I have begun doing hour long body combat classes which are quite full on. I just felt a bit lethargic during the end of the class. I read that m.e. makes you exhausted.
    I just feel so spaced out and headachey all the time..my blood tests are normal... mr DR just says its because of my weight but I'm not sure whether to trust him or not. I have a borderline underactive thyroid but I'm being treated for that with thyroxine. Does this sound like depression to you or something medical? I'm so sick of it! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You may find having a personal relationship with God helpful. God is our Creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, holy, love. God loves us and sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, so we can go to heaven if we know and follow Him. Forever means without end -- time on and on without death. Forever is what happens after we die. Either we go to heaven and be with God forever, or we go to hell which is very bad and painful forever. The good people who are saved believers in Jesus Christ go to heaven. The bad people go to hell. We need to know and follow God in this world to get to heaven in the next world. Jesus Christ, God's Son, is our bridge to God. Jesus died on the cross to cancel our sins. We need to accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior forever to receive God's blessing and forgiveness plus go to heaven to be with God forever after we die. This is about being a born-again Christian. Faith in God is a gift from God. You can pray for faith in God. Just speak out and ask God for the faith to believe in Him and to follow Him. Some people find faith in God when they realize the beauty in the world is made by God. Evolution can't explain the world's natural beauty, for example, the parks in the world, animals, flowers, peacocks, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, etc. After you have your faith on, you can pray a sinner's prayer to be a born-again Christian. This prayer is very important and should be said with a sincere heart and faith in God. This is the prayer: "Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for our sins. I have done the following sins (state these out) and I pray to discontinue these sins. I pray to receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior forever. In Jesus' name, amen." You could find a Christian church and try it out. I'm Lutheran and I like the Baptist churches too. Some churches do a weekly Bible study group and these can be a fun way to make friends and learn about God's will for your life. God bless.

  23. QUESTION:
    short term memory loss explanation?
    I'm 18 years old, and I have horrible short term memory. It started a couple months ago. I used to have normal short term memory - forget things once in a while (sometimes more than once in a while) but usually remember everything for the most part. Now, I'll literally be thinking for a good 30 seconds about, for example, wanting to look up a certain TV show on the internet. Then something will come up like seeing a cute shirt in an advertisement online. I'll look and think about it for like one second, and next thing I know I have forgotten what show I was thinking about earlier. It takes forever to remember, and a lot of times I'll just give up and do something else. It's ALWAYS like this. It happens sooo many times a day - so many times an HOUR. I haven't had any recent trauma or anything. I have extremely low blood sugar - 35 points when I last checked it after I had eaten (I don't know why but I felt perfectly fine just with no energy as usual. I've probably always had very low blood sugar) and an overactive thyroid (T4 level is 4.81. should be between 1 & 2 but it's not enough to treat yet which I want to so bad b/c I have 0 energy and my heart rate is very fast without beta blockers, I have bad palpitations, and I can't exert myself almost at all (walking up the 2 flight of stairs at my school makes my heart beat soo forcefully, and if it were not for my beta blocker, it would probably beat extremely fast as well. One time, my heart rate was at 150 and 132 when I was laying in bed watching TV as I was for the whole entire day so far). Not sure if those 2 have anything to do with the short term memory dilemma, but that's my background.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Short-term memory loss can be a natural side effect of aging, or can be caused by disease, injury, stress, or as a side effect of drug use. Though it will take time, patience, and dedication, you can improve your memory. Here are some tips on reclaiming your short term memory.

      Causes of Memory Loss

      Here are some of the more common things that can cause memory loss:

      Medications. A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with or cause loss of memory. Possible culprits include: antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and pain medications given after surgery.

      Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use. Excessive alcohol use has long been recognized as a cause of memory loss.

      Smoking harms memory by reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain. Studies have shown that people who smoke find it more difficult to put faces with names than do nonsmokers. Illicit drugs can change chemicals in the brain that can make it hard to recall memories.

      Sleep deprivation. Both quantity and quality of sleep are important to memory. Getting too little sleep or waking frequently in the night can lead to fatigue, which interferes with the ability to consolidate and retrieve information.

      Depression and stress. Being depressed can make it difficult to pay attention and focus, which can affect memory. Stress and anxiety can also get in the way of concentration. When you are tense and your mind is overstimulated or distracted, your ability to remember can suffer. Stress caused by an emotional trauma can also lead to memory loss.

      Nutritional deficiency. Good nutrition -- including high-quality proteins and fats -- is important to proper brain function. Deficiencies in vitamin B1 and B12 specifically can affect memory.

      Head injury. A severe hit to the head -- from a fall or automobile accident, for example -- can injure the brain and cause both short- and long-term memory loss. Memory may gradually improve over time.

      Stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is stopped due to the blockage of a blood vessel to the brain or leakage of a vessel into the brain. Strokes often cause short-term memory loss. A person who has had a stroke may have vivid memories of childhood events but be unable to recall what he or she had for lunch.

      Dementia. Dementia is the name for progressive loss of memory and other aspects of thinking that are severe enough to interfere with the ability to function in daily activities. Although there are many causes of dementia -- including blood vessel disease, drug or alcohol abuse, or other causes of damage to the brain -- the most common and familiar is Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a progressive loss of brain cells and other irregularities of the brain.

      Other causes. Other possible causes of memory loss include an underactive or overactive thyroid gland and infections such as HIV, tuberculosis, and syphilis that affect the brain.

      Finding the Cause of Memory Loss

      If you find yourself being increasingly forgetful or if memory problems interfere with your daily life, schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause and best treatment.

      To evaluate memory loss, your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam -- including a neurologic exam -- and ask questions to test mental ability. Depending on the results, further evaluation may include blood and urine tests, nerve tests, and imaging tests of the brain such as computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

      Memory Loss Treatment

      Treatment for memory loss depends on the cause. In many cases, it may be reversible with treatment. For example, memory loss from medications may resolve with a change in medication. Nutritional supplements can be useful against memory loss caused by a nutritional deficiency. And treating depression may be helpful for memory when depression is a factor. In some cases -- such as following a stroke -- therapy may help people remember how to do certain tasks such as walking or tying shoes. In others, memory may improve over time.

      Treatments may also be specific to conditions related to memory loss. For example, drugs are available to treat memory problems related to Alzheimer's disease, and drugs to help lower blood pressure can help reduce risk of more brain damage from dementia related to high blood pressure.

  24. QUESTION:
    Social Anxiety Treatment?
    I have recently taken several on line tests from which i have found out that i may have social anxiety disorder. I have no insurance, or doctor that i can go to. What would you recommend for me to do in order to get examined and if diagnosed to get some treatment? I live in Illinois close to Chicago. I would greatly appreciate your advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not treat it with a combination of vitamins, exercise and possibly some calming herbal supplements?

      While for the vitamins, going to a good doctor would be helpful as they can do a blood test and determine if you have any vitamin deficiencies or any other underlying causes of how you're feeling (such as an underactive thyroid, hormonal imbalance or a lack of certain amino acids) you might want to start by taking some good multi-vitamins.

      If you’re not exercising regularly, beginning a regular program of exercise is another way you can combat anxiety. Evidence suggests that exercise postively affects the levels of certain mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain. Exercise may also boost feel-good endorphins, release tension in muscles, help you sleep better and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also increases body temperature, which may have calming effects. All of these changes in your mind and body can improve such symptoms as sadness, anxiety, irritability, stress, fatigue, anger, self-doubt and hopelessness.

      And finally, here are some herbal supplements that may help you (herbs are available at the corner drug store and at health food stores):

      Kava (Piper methysticum) is a member of the pepper family that has been cultivated by Pacific Islanders for over 3000 years for use as a social and ceremonial drink. The first description of kava came to the west with Captain James Cook, who traveled through the South Seas in a number of celebrated voyages. To this day, when village elders or others in the Pacific Islands come together for a significant meeting, they begin with an elaborate kava ceremony. Currently, kava is used in Europe and increasingly in the United States to treat stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

      Valerian: Nature's valium. Another favorite for the treatment of anxiety is valerian. Derived from the dried rhizomes and roots of this tall plant, which grows in wet soil in many countries, valerian has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy. As a natural relaxant, it is useful for several disorders including restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, menstural problems, and "nervous" stomach. Valerian acts on the brain's GABA receptors to produce a tranquilizing action that is similar to Valium-type drugs, but without the same side effects.

  25. QUESTION:
    i always feel tired and every thing i do make me more boring.how can i be fresh and settle this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      As a previous answerer said, there is not much detail to your letter. There are many possible reasons for your problem.

      Since you wrote this question in the Mental Health section, I would say your symptoms seem to point to depression. An MD can check your thyroid level and give you other tests to rule out any physical issues. An underactive thyroid can make you feel tired and depressed.

      If you have no physical problems, there are many ways to treat both fatigue and any possible depression. I can only name a few here. Exercise and some form of relaxation have helped me a lot with depression and fatigue. There are many helpful modalities in alternative medicine, like nutrition, herbs, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. I know people who have been helped a lot using these techniques. However, what works for one person may not work for someone else.

      If your problem is depression and nothing above helps, you can consider a consultation with a psychiatrist for medication. I have been on antidepressants, but I suggest starting with natural remedies first. If possible, it would probably help to see a professional in alternative therapy rather than trying to figure it out yourself. I hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    I need some Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome success stories!?
    My sister has very recently been diagnosed with PCOS (she hasn't had a regular period in over 2 years etc) and is very upset about it. Her doctor suggested some ways to deal with it, but I know my sister is planning to go down a more natural path to handle it by changing her diet and making sure she exercises more to work on losing the excess weight and whatever else she's found online/in books that treat PCOS.

    She's feeling pretty disheartened right now though, and is worried that even those changes won't help. I'm quite certain they will, being that diet and exercise are usually all that is needed to regulate your systems. I do think, however, that it would help for her to hear some success stories from ladies who have overcome PCOS without medical intervention.

    Do any of you have success stories I can show her? Or maybe can you point me in the direction of a forum where she can discuss her condition with other people in the same boat?
    I should add that she and her husband were hoping to conceive a child in the next 1-2 years, and that's what has her really upset. She's afraid that she won't be able to get her period back, and is afraid she will be infertile.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend optimizing vit.D levels & starting a low carb lifeplan.

      They don't know if insulin resistance creates PCOS or if PCOS creates insulin resistance. I believe it's just another side effect of insulin dysfunction. Long term ingestion of refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells.

      Insulin is considered the "bully" hormone. While it dominates the bloodstream, other hormones aren't allowed to function properly, especially sex hormones & human growth hormone. This creates a major imbalance in the body which creates a lot of defenses that we call symptoms (excess fat accumulation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, etc.)

      PCOS forum -

      http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=46

      Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults

      http://www.womentowomen.com/healthynutrition/vitamind.aspx

      I highly recommend a fat based diet to maximize health & balance hormones. All carbs >9g per hour trigger insulin.

      This is an example of items founds in a high fat diet - I don't recommend this as the sole source of foods but with the addition of eggs, dairy, vegetables & cold water fish (sardines, mackerel, herring or salmon) - it would be much closer to ideal.

      1750 calories 23g of net carbs (65g of fiber) & 80% of total calories from fat-

      3oz sunflower seeds
      3oz chia seeds
      1oz flax seeds
      2oz almonds
      1oz Brazil nuts
      2oz Olives
      half avocado

      Most people get overweight because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. Fat storage is a symptom of the disease state. When your muscles become insulin resistant, then calories go directly to fat cells instead of to glycogen stores & you become overweight fast. It's nearly impossible to lose weight at this point without minimizing carbs because the body no longer is able to process carbs. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb & creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells.

      Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes because it was rare that people had it til they were in their 50s. They had to change the name because now it's common in children. Now they add high fructose corn syrup to infant formula & we have an epidemic of obese 6mo old infants who become diabetic as children.

      The whole purpose of carbohydrates is to put the body in fat storage mode so we can gain as much fat as possible to survive winter & famine. Carbs trigger an insatiable appetite so you can eat as much as is available. Carbs were only suppose to be available during harvest season, not year around.

      The body doesn't "need" carbs for energy. Carbs may provide quick energy but fats provide sustained energy. A low carb diet is a high fat diet, protein shouldn't be more than 30% of daily calories on any diet & preferably 20%. Coconut oil is the only fat to provide quick energy like a carb (but without the rise in blood sugar or insulin).

      Dr.Broda Barnes suggested that for someone with thyroid dysfunctions to never go below 1500 calories or 30g of net carbs per day - otherwise the thyroid could be harmed further.

      The Barnes Basal Temperature Test (BBTT)is a simple test anyone can undertake at home in order to assess their thyroid function. It is most often used to detect undiagnosed hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but will also provide evidence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

      I highly recommend 1 oz. (about 4) canned (or fresh) oysters every day for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & 90% DV of vitamin B12 as well as getting 1g a week in Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA/DHA. Animal studies show that zinc deficiency is associated with decreased serum T3 levels. Zinc may play a role in thyroid hormone metabolism in patients with low T3 and may contribute to conversion of T4 to T3 in humans.

  27. QUESTION:
    Should I see a endocrinologist?
    I have been sick since August of 2011 I have been having whole body pain, chest pain and headaches.My body is really sensitive to cold I hurt really bad when it is cold out.I kept seeing my doctor who would not refer me to a rheumatologist so I found one where I did not have to be referred.They ran some test test on me and what they found was my vitamin D level was 18.9 supposed to be 31-80 they said and my thyroid TSH was elevated my mother has hypothyroidrism.My doctor had ran the wrong vitamin D test on me.I was treated with vitamin D2 for 8 weeks took away some of my stiffness but I am still have pain all over.I feel tired, dizzy, can not concentrate and forgetting things.I thought it was because I was treated with vitamin D2 and not D3.Well Last time I went to the DR he was going through my labs tells me I am close to being vitamin b12 deficient also so he ran the b12 level test, iron and folate test to check my folic acid levels.They are telling me it came back find after I was told they I would probably need b12 injections.The after my doctor got my TSH back from the rheuatologist he ran my my t3 and t4 and said it is fine.I believe I have a thyroid problem causing vitamin deficiencies or a problem with my small intestine to where I can not abosorb them.My doctor also test my CBC and antibody but something does not see right to me.

    • ANSWER:
      First try to optimize vitD level to 80ng/ml

      With thyroid lab tests being "normal" I wouldn't recommend an endocrinologist. I would recommend a D.O. (which is an M.D.+ & usually more open minded) Do the Barnes Basal Temperature Test first & if your basal temp is abnormal, you may be able to get thyroid meds. I recommend natural thyroid meds which have T4 +T3 +T2 +T1 & more & not the synthetic T4.

      Adding kelp or iodine (research first) & vit.C plus B2 & B3 may help. The B complex is needed to heal the pathways.

      Thyroid lab tests coming back normal does not mean you don't have a thyroid dysfunction. Unfortunately with your other symptoms, it will be almost impossible to find a doctor that will give you thyroid hormones without a lab test to verify need. Thyroid hormone supplementation substantially increases heart disease risk.

      I believe symptoms can be managed & alleviated if you bring your body back to a state of balance with proper low carb diet & careful monitoring of everything you put in your mouth (including fluoridated water, drugs, toothpaste with fluoride, etc.). It may take years to completely normalize, but the body is a self healing unit & it should be possible.

      I suggest -

      1. optimizing vit.D levels with a minimum of 10,000iu per day
      2. researching iodine supplementation - adding seaweed, especially kelp to the diet
      3. If you are using artificial sweeteners or drinks/foods with chemicals - stop immediately
      4. consider getting a fluoride filter for your water - I recommend Berkey but Zerowater will do also
      5. immediately starting Atkins low carb way of eating to normalize blood sugar, insulin & other hormones (discuss with doctor lowering or eliminating any meds for blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol - doing these with low carb will lower levels dangerously so)

      Insulin is considered the "bully" hormone. While it's active in the bloodstream, other hormones aren't allowed to function properly, especially sex hormones & human growth hormone. This creates a major imbalance in the body

      I highly recommend 1 oz. (about 4) canned (or fresh) oysters every day for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & 90% DV of vitamin B12 as well as getting 1g a week in Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA/DHA. Animal studies show that zinc deficiency is associated with decreased serum T3 levels. Zinc may play a role in thyroid hormone metabolism in patients with low T3 and may contribute to conversion of T4 to T3 in humans.

      The Barnes Basal Temperature Test (BBTT)is a simple test anyone can undertake at home in order to assess their thyroid function. It is most often used to detect undiagnosed hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but will also provide evidence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

      you measure your left underarm temperature for ten days in a row first thing in the morning before doing anything else at all (going to the toilet etc). Movement and activity of any kind raises body temperature and invalidates the results. The thermometer should be shaken down at night before going to sleep to avoid having to do so in the morning (unless of course it is a digital thermometer). Menstruating women should start this ten-day period on the third day of their cycle. Many health care practioners who recommend the test now suggest a longer time period but Dr. Barnes felt 10 days was enough for an accurate assessment of thyroid function.

      The underarm temperature is actually lower than that measured under the tongue so 36.6-36.8C (97.88-98.24F)is considered normal in the BBTT. Anything below 36.6C (97.8F)is considered an indicator of possible underactive thyroid function while anything above 36.8C (98.3F)could indicate an overactive thyroid (although of course it may be a sign of infection and fever or other problems).

      Although the BBTT can be a good indicator of thyroid function it is not infallible and should be taken in the context of symptoms, medical history and blood tests.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol - vitamin D2). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Research published by Grassroots Health from the D*Action study shows that 97.5% of the adult population needs to take 9,600 IU's of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40ng/ml, which they believe is the absolute minimum for disease prevention.

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

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