Thyroid Levels Tsh Levels Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does this mean when talking about the thyroid?
    Ok, my son who is almost 20 months old has an underactive thyroid. He was born with it. Anyhow, he has to have blood work done every 3 months to check his thyroid levels. The 2 things they check are his Free T4 level and his TSH Level. Anyhow, they usually give me a print out with his levels on it and on the chart they list the TSH level as TSH-3rd generation. What does the 3rd generation part mean? I don't understand that. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Third generation TSH refers to the laboratory test that measures the amount of TSH in blood even at very low concentrations. Basically it is the third time the test has been refined, to make it more accurate.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can some one suggest a 1200 calorie slimming diet for a vegetarian?
    I need to loose some weight and I am a vegetarian, but I will eat most fish. I need a slimming diet which will give me plenty of energy.

    • ANSWER:
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/ sprouts{ chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case , then can write back to me for more information .

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone had difficulty getting pregnant after thyroid cancer?
    I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer about 3 years ago and did the surgery and radiation therapy afterwards. My thyroglobin levels are still undetectable. I have four daughters and would like to get pregnant again. We have been TTC on and off for the past year (husband was out of the country for part of it). With my daughters all I had to do was think about getting pregnant and it would basically happen...this time it's just not working. My TSH levels are very supressed (.001) and I'm wondering if this is my problem. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I got pregnant pretty easily after thyroid cancer. First child conceived in 3 months, second child conceived on the first attempt.

      Usually endos want to keep TSH suppressed to 0.1. Your TSH is really suppressed. I conceived both of my kids with a TSH of 0.1 and Free T4 at 1.8.

      Thyroid cancer totally changed my menstrual cycle. I used to have a 31 day cycle with ovulation occurring on Cycle Day 17. Now my cycles are 38 days and I ovulate on Cycle day 24. Since ovulation is delayed by 1 week, I had to adjust my "baby dancing" by 1 week to increase odds of conception.

      I used fertilityfriend.com to chart my cycles along with ovulation predictor kits and a basal body temperature thermometer. If you haven't charted, I would highly recommend it. If you don't know how, you should read "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler.

      First step is confirming that you are in fact ovulating. Next step is to try to predict when you're going to ovulate so you can time it properly.

      Good luck.

      mari

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to loose weight?
    I used to do a lot of rope skipping. But a few weeks back I met with an accident and injured my leg. therefore I couldn't continue with my exercise. Since then I started putting on weight.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , look at the diet chart below , hope it helps you :-)

      Diet Chart : Around 1200 calories per day
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  5. QUESTION:
    How to reduce my weight using honey ? do i wanna drink honey with water in empty stomach or night ?
    my weight 70kg height 160cm - i need my weight under 60kg bcoz my bf is only 58. im staying in hostel so plz help me to reduce my weight using simple tips...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , yes its possible to do that , please read carefully what all i have to suggest you on this issue :

      Firstly one should try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line , in any case following tests should be done to find out cause of this abnormal weight gain ,then only an effective solution can be found :
      (1) an ultrasound of Uterus Ovaries
      (2) Blood tests : TSH , FSH , LH , Fasting Serum Insulin , Fasting & PP blood sugar , Total& free serum testosterone , DHEAs . lipid profile
      However in the mean time plan of action should be : Exercise and Healthy Diet .
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) or rope skipping ( rope skipping is better )
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 45 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 45 minutes non-stop skipping .

      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet : ( will be an issue as u stay in hostel but figure out how best u can manage )
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      I will be happy if it helps you all the best 
      Dr Narain Rupani
      MBBS MS
      narain1949@yahoo.com

  6. QUESTION:
    How will doctors find out if a woman and her partner have fertility problems?

    • ANSWER:
      • We've made an appointment with a fertility specialist. What happens next?
      • What tests will we be taking?
      • What are our chances of pinpointing the problem?
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      We've made an appointment with a fertility specialist. What happens next?
      You, your partner, and your doctor are now a team, working together to unlock the clues to your fertility problems. The male and female reproductive systems are extremely complex, and today's fertility specialists are high-tech super sleuths trained to uncover and, with luck, repair any glitches in this amazing machinery.

      Since fertility problems are a shared concern, you and your partner should go to the first appointment together. Bring copies of your health records to your visit and have copies sent to your doctor ahead of time to avoid the hassle and expense of duplicating medical tests. Expect to be asked about your sexual history, when you first menstruated, whether you've ever had any sexually transmitted infections, miscarriages, or abortions, how often you make love, whether you use lubricants, and more. Not much about your private life will be private anymore, so you'll want to feel comfortable with your doctor.

      What tests will we be taking?
      After looking over your medical history, your doctor will want to do a complete workup on you and your partner. This initial assessment will probably include most or all of the tests described below. Bear in mind that you may need to rearrange your schedules to make time for some of these procedures.

      For women:

      Blood tests: You'll have several blood tests so your doctor can check your hormone production, including your levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estrogen, prolactin, and sometimes androgen and progesterone.

      Clomiphene challenge test: This test may give your doctor more information about your ovarian function than some of the other hormone tests. You'll have a blood test on the third day of your cycle to check your follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level. Then, you'll begin taking a five-day cycle of Clomiphene, a fertility drug, on the fifth day of your cycle. Afterward, your doctor will measure your FSH level on the tenth day of your cycle. The results will give him some insight into how well therapy may work for you, and how aggressive it should be.

      Charting basal body temperature (BBT): Your doctor may ask you to track your basal body temperature so you can tell whether you're ovulating. You'll take your temperature every morning upon waking for at least a month and record it on a BBT chart. When your body releases progesterone following ovulation your temperature rises slightly. (You can also use over-the-counter ovulation predictor kits for this purpose. The kits detect the telltale surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine just before you ovulate. Click here to buy a kit from our Store.)

      Endometrial biopsy: Your doctor may perform this quick in-office procedure to assess the quality of your uterine lining and also determine whether you're ovulating. It has to be done at a certain point in your cycle, can be uncomfortable, and sometimes needs to be repeated.

      Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): This X-ray procedure will allow your doctor to see whether your fallopian tubes are open. It also helps determine whether the contour and inside of your uterus is normal or you have polyps, fibroids, scar tissue, or other uterine abnormalities that could affect your fertility. Your doctor will inject a dye through your cervix and into your uterus and fallopian tubes and trace its movement by X-ray.

      Laparoscopy: This outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia will provide your doctor with a view of your pelvic organs so she can check for signs of scarring or endometriosis.

      Pelvic ultrasound: Your doctor will use this painless procedure to determine whether your follicles are growing in order to anticipate ovulation, and also to identify any problems in your pelvis and ovaries such as ovarian cysts or fibroids.

      Post-coital test: Your doctor will use this procedure to evaluate the interaction between your cervical mucus and your partner's sperm. You'll be asked to have intercourse on a certain day of your menstrual cycle. Then, within 24 hours, your doctor will collect a sample of your mucus for testing. He'll look at the quality of the cervical mucus, and at how vigorously the sperm are moving. The movement of the sperm may indicate that antibodies in your mucus are impeding the sperm's progress.

      Hysteroscopy: During this procedure, your doctor will place a tiny scope (a thin tube with a camera at the end) through your cervix and into your uterus to see whether you have fibroids, polyps, or other abnormalities in your uterine cavity that could impair your fertility. The procedure doesn't allow your doctor to evaluate your fallopian tubes, but it does provide him with a clear picture of your uterus — and sometimes the opportunity to correct the problem at the time of the procedure.

      For men:

      Semen analysis: You'll be asked to provide a semen sample, usually by masturbating and ejaculating into a specimen jar. Your doctor will examine your sperm under a microscope for count, shape, appearance, and movement.

      Post-coital test: Your doctor will use this procedure to evaluate the interaction between your sperm and your partner's cervical mucus. You'll be asked to have intercourse on a certain day of her menstrual cycle. Then, within 24 hours, your doctor will collect a sample of her mucus for testing. He'll look at the quality of the cervical mucus, and at how vigorously the sperm are moving. The movement of the sperm may indicate that antibodies in the mucus are impeding your sperm's progress.

      What are our chances of pinpointing the problem?
      In many cases, more than one factor causes fertility problems, and some causes are harder to detect than others, so a clear diagnosis isn't always possible. (See our articles on the most common causes of fertility problems in men and women.) In 10 to 15 percent of cases, testing reveals no abnormalities at all; doctors characterize those patients as having "unexplained" fertility problems.

      Fortunately, even unexplained problems can be treated.

      To learn more and get support from others in your same situation, visit our Diagnosing Fertility Problems bulletin board.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do i reduce my tummy fat?
    hi.. i am 21 years old and i have my tummy bulging out. but my hands legs and face is quite thin.
    I am suffering from irregular bowel movements i.e. i go to toilet any time of the day or sometimes dont even go or go more than time..
    Is this the reason for my stomach bulging out? What to do to stay fit?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Shikha , read carefully what I am about to suggest you , for frequent bowel irregularity , get stool examination done & take medicine accordingly if some parasites are found in the stool . secondlyyou can start a good probiotic like capsule V I Z Y L once daily for few months , it will help in any case . For tummy fat an exercise of abdominal muscles will help :
      :How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.
      Now some more information :

      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes)
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  8. QUESTION:
    How to loose weight & get slim? & how to stop hair fall using onion?
    hi,i want to loose my weight & get slim,am 5 3' & my weight is 60 kg. Plz tell me the easy way to do it.One more thing i want is to stop my hairfall,I have dandruff too,but my friend told me to apply onion juice on my hair scalp, but is it good for hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , have no idea about onion juice , but no harm in giving it a try . i suggest Nizoral 2% shampoo vailable at medical stores , thrice a week for two weeks , then Nizoral 1% twice a week for three months ,
      Now , there is no easy way out to reduce weight , so i will tell you what is good for you , please use this as a guide & follow whatever you can. Your goal is 53 kg , that means even if it takes you seven moths ( reduce 1 kg per month ) you should be happy .
      Firstly one should try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line , in that case more information can be gathered on narain1949@yahoo.com
      However general plan of action will remain : Exercise and Healthy Diet .
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) or rope skipping ( rope skipping is better )
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 45 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 45 minutes non-stop skipping .

      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      all the best :-)

  9. QUESTION:
    How do i loose my belly fat? ?
    I think im kinda overweight. Well jist my midsection. I need to loose it so I can look good and feel confident about myself. How long would it take and how would I do it? I don't even know how to excercise besides running, but I'd be embarrassed to run around my neighborhood. Help? !

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , running is the only thing you need , it can not be more embarrassing than the little fat you have around waist line . I think many will appreciate ur bindas act of running . Running burns double the amount of calories then brisk walk !! Please read carefully till the very end , this may help you .
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect . secondly
      Diet Chart :
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  10. QUESTION:
    what are the precautions to be taken for my health(thyroid) problem?
    I have thyroid from many years.but we don't know about it upto now.
    I have 238(thyroid).due to this i have many health problems like heavy weight,hairfall pigmentation problem,obesity,depression,body pains so many problems like this.please give the solution for my problem to my
    e_mail id nukareddy@rocketmail.com

    • ANSWER:
      Many thyroid malfunction cases that are caused by a thyroid cancer are treated surgically. This involves invasive surgery that is conducted to remove the cancerous tissues.

      Most patients that are treated surgically are asked to undergo radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) a few months later. This therapy is recommended since radioactive iodine suppresses the growth of thyroid cells. It is administered in the form of a liquid or a pill.

      A lot of precaution needs to be taken for any treatment that involves radioactivity. This is specifically true for RAI treatment. These precautions can be extremely lengthy, tiresome and difficult to follow.

      In most cases, the physician stops all traditional thyroid medication before the RAI treatment. The physician may also ask the patient to stop any natural thyroid medication that he may have been taking. In cases where hormonal supplements cannot be discontinued, the iodine levels in the body are reduced artificially by injecting recombinant TSH.

      Patients are asked to adhere to a low iodine diet for nearly two weeks before the actual treatment. A low iodine diet does not mean a total ban on iodine. The American Thyroid Association recommends that a minimum of 50 mcg of iodine a day is acceptable even if a low iodine diet is being maintained.

      The diet regulations are similar to those that are provided by alternative thyroid treatments. These diets that are prepared especially for those who have a malfunctioning thyroid ensure that the specific items listed on the diet chart allow only the recommended levels of iodine.

      Patients should increase their consumption of these foods:

      Fruits
      Raw or freshly cooked vegetables
      Unsalted nuts
      Patients should limit their consumption or avoid these foods:

      Meats
      Grains, cereals, and rice
      Iodized salt and sea salt
      All seafood
      Milk and milk products
      Chocolates (cocoa and some other chocolates are permitted)
      Soybeans and soy products (except soy oil and lecithin)
      The radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) treatment is a simple outpatient procedure. The majority of the radioactive iodine is absorbed by the thyroid. Any unabsorbed radioactive iodine is discharged in the next couple of days through urine, feces, saliva and sweat. Certain precautions are necessary to ensure the safety of those that come in contact with the patient:

      Keep away from children and pregnant women for at least eight days.
      Do not let any one come closer than 3 feet for more than one hour in a day. This precaution needs to be taken for the first five days.
      Flush the toilet more than once after every use.
      Take extra care of personal hygiene. Men have to take extra care to avoid any spill over while urinating.
      Nursing women need to stop breast feeding totally.
      Doctor’s consultation is necessary before starting a pregnancy.
      Even though the process involved in this thyroid treatment is simple, hospitalization may be required in some cases. This becomes necessary if there is an infant at home who needs to be protected from contamination. Patients are generally kept in isolation until the hospital is satisfied with regards to all safety concerns. All communication with staff and visitors is through an intercom.

  11. QUESTION:
    I am 70kg and my height is 5ft 4 inches help me to reduce weight?
    I am going to gym for 3 to 4 hours daily. I have a fixed diet plan too earlier I was 82kg but I reduced 12kg in 5 months. Tell me something more how to reduce more weight I want be be 60kg. Thanks for all the comments you give

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , any one if over weight should undergo at least one blood test and that is "Fasting Serum Insulin " read more .........
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) / rope skipping
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 30 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 30 minutes non-stop skipping .
      How to do abs ( for belly fat ): lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) / white Oats{ chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab “Neurobion Forte “one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case , either consult a doctor called Endocrinologist or can write me for more information on narain1949@yahoo.com.

  12. QUESTION:
    Will i lose any weight with this diet and what should i have for lunch and dinner?
    Breakfast: Kellogs cereal or omelet and tea
    Lunch: Fruit salad ad apple cinnamon smoothie or vegetable salad maybe (help?)
    Dinner: again, help? i'm not sure what i should have for dinner. it should be simple and easy to make though.
    Also, if you're suggesting a whole new diet plan or or making changes in this one, i'd like to know how many calories i'll be having a day if i follow that diet plan.
    i am open for any suggestions. Anything i should change? All help appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , my suggestions for you ;
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect . secondly
      Diet Chart : around 1200 calories
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk ( cottage cheese only , since u like cheese )
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods . if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. Please feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  13. QUESTION:
    Help me with a diet plan as i want to loose weight as fast as possible*?
    I am 22years old and my height is 5'7 Weight is 81kg
    I dont want to go to the gym but would like to loose weight at home as fast as possible*

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Naina , you got to take it very seriously , that much weight is not acceptable , hence do read very carefully what all I have say , hope it helps you :
      Firstly one should try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line , in that case more information can be gathered on narain1949@yahoo.com
      However general plan of action will remain : Exercise and Healthy Diet .
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) or rope skipping ( rope skipping is better )
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 45 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 45 minutes non-stop skipping .

      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      all the best :-

  14. QUESTION:
    What do these test results mean?
    What does it mean if you have a lot of ketones in your urine? The doctor said I had like 4+ and what does slightly elevated thyroid numbers mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Ketones are broken down fat cells. When your body cannot use carbohydrates, the bodies preferred source of energy for your energy requirements, it begins to break down fat, a stored form of energy. Although this may seem like a positive thing, it isn't, or may not be. When your body is breaking down fat instead of carbohydrates, it means one of two things. One, your body is in starvation mode, or two, you are suffering from diabetes, or could be leading that way.

      Since chances are you aren't starving, diabetes is the likely culprit. I'm not saying you have diabetes, or that you will get it if you don't. I'm saying this is something your doctor should monitor, because he/she has your chart and knows your medical history.

      With the elevated thyroid, there are 3 different levels. TSH, T4 and T3. They are not actually levels as much as they are sequences in the way they work (Work together).

      TSH prompts your thyroid to produce T4, which then converts to T3. T3 is the one that actually does all of the work of the thyroid. Your thyroid
      controls your metabolism, and it can speed up or slow down all of your body's systems.

      So, this elevated thyroid seems to coincide with the ketones in your urine. The higher level of metabolism would cause the breaking down of the fat in your body. Depending on the actual numbers/levels/frequency/amount, etc. of this happening, is what needs to be determined by your doctor to see if there is an actual problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated.

      Like I said earlier, it can go up and down. This also depends on your daily routine. Activities, eating habits, sleep habits, etc.

      There is a lot more detailed information about all of this out there if you wanted to read more on it, just search words like ketone, thyroid (You might even type in elevated thyroid). I'm sure you will find tons of info.

      Anyway, although I don't have your chart with me, or know your full medical history, this is usually nothing to be concerned about at the time (Just monitor it with your doctor) and your doctor will/should advise you as well as to what to do now, or in the future to help. For now, watch your diet (I know I do, and lots of people like to eat quick junk, or just "Yummy" things, but just try to throw in some healthy things as well).

      Hope this helps a bit? And as always, don't be afraid to stop your doctor from walking out of the room and saying "Hey, what does this mean, explain it to me".

      Take care!

  15. QUESTION:
    How can i reduce my weight?my height is 154cm and weight is 60Kg?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , hope this helps you : please keep initial target of reducing 10% of ur weight , that is 6 kg , 54 will be perfect .
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect .
      :How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.
      Diet Chart :
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  16. QUESTION:
    Do I have a medical malpractice case?
    I went to a new new family doctor who diagnosed me with a hypothyroid. Put me on medication for this. I continued passing out and the ER said my doctor was wrong and diagnosed me with hyperthyroid. Now from taking my medication I have no ths hormone in thyroid. My number went from .176 to 0.05

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry for what you are going through, but this section is the "Careers & Employment > Health Care" section and is on a site that's probably 75% 13-16 year olds.

      If you feel that your original diagnosing doctor was incorrect in his diagnosis, then you need to consult a malpractice attorney. You will have to find several specialists who are willing to contradict your original physician based on the notes and records in your chart. You will have to prove gross negligence along with damages.

      What you are saying doesn't make sense. If the ED doc said you are hyperthyroid, then your TSH levels would be above 4.0µIU/m. It's difficult to make out who diagnosed you with what, but either way, if you are actually hyper and were diagnosed hypo by your GP, then your thyroid numbers would be high, not low, because the meds would raise that TSH level.
      To simplify it, if you had 1 cup of water and you should have 2 cups of water (let's call that hypoh2o), then he gives you 1 cup of water to get you to 2. If in reality, the doc misread your water level and you had *3* cups of water (hypERh20), and your doc gave you 1 cups of water, you would then be at 4 cups of water. We''ll call 'normal' 2 cups of water.

      Something here is getting lost in translation.

  17. QUESTION:
    is hypothyroid women can deliver normal baby & what tsh level should require during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Since hypothyroid can cause brain damage and miscarriage you need to have your levels checked regularly throughout your entire pregnancy. The levels should be as close to the normal range as possible.

      from webmd.com
      "Treatment during pregnancy is especially important because hypothyroidism can harm the developing fetus.
      If you develop hypothyroidism during pregnancy, treatment should be started immediately. If you have hypothyroidism before you become pregnant, your thyroid hormone levels need to be monitored to determine whether the dosage of thyroid medicine is correct. During pregnancy, your dose of medicine may need to be increased by 25% to 50%.3 "

      I was severely hypothyroid and found out after I became pregnant, and immediately began taking synthroid. My daughter is a happy healthy little girl, with no issues. Be sure to take your meds EVERYDAY and on a regular schedule. Good luck

      the first listed site is information on hypothyroidism

      the chart for normal levels is the second listed site

  18. QUESTION:
    my body shape is correct except my tummy.how to reduce my tummy?
    I'm 5.1ft &58kgs.

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect . secondly : :How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day
      Diet Chart : 1200 calories
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way especially around waistline , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods . if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have a TSH level to be 0.48?
    I have just recieved my blood work papers and I have no ides what my doctor wrote about it because I can not read it but she did circled it.Please provide me with details on that.

    • ANSWER:
      Your TSH level is actually a bit under normal. If I understand correctly, this indicates that you may be hyperthyroid, meaning that your thyroid is producing a bit too much of the hormones your body needs to function. There are other blood tests that can be run to check all your thyroid hormone levels. If you go to the website below, it will provide you with a chart about half way down the page so you can compare your levels. Further down are some symptoms you may or may not have noticed. You may very well require treatment for your condition and it could be as simple as a pill daily for the rest of your life. I encourage you to talk to your doctor.

  20. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Question?
    II am at a loss. I had a lump come up on my neck, where my thyroid is, and I went to the doc and she checked my TSH levels and said my samples were off the charts and sent me to an endocrinologist. He diagnosed me with Hashimingos Disease (sp) and put me on thyroid meds. The lumps on my neck are nodules and a biopsy showed no cancer. I recently moved and had to find a new doc. he checked my thyroid and said my thyroid was not bad, just a little slow but not enough to be on synthyroid. I don’t understand? I had previous doctors tell me that I had hypothyroidism and other docs tell me I didn’t. Can thyroid levels fluctuate? If so, often?

    • ANSWER:
      The TSH changes throughout the day and that's why its a poor test for thyroid. It took me years to get diagnosed because of this stupid test. If you have it done, it should always be in the morning though I suggest a Free T4 and Free T3 be done along with it.

      Most likely the nodules shrunk because you were on thyroid meds. It's probably not a good idea to go off of them. While you may need a lower dose, you probably should remain on them so the nodules don't get bigger again. Dos your new doctor know you are alreay on thyroid meds? If so, he/she cannot say you don't need them unless you tested after not taking them for a couple of months. You may need to find a new doctor or have your old doctor tell the new doctor how important it is you remain on the meds.

      Below are a few thyroid links. Read up on it and also get copies of your blood work. It's real important to know where you feel best. The more you know, the better care you will get. For most that's with a morning TSH around 1.0

  21. QUESTION:
    Regrowth after total thyroidectomy in 2004?
    I recently went for a scan due to my TSH levels being off the charts...and my doctor found that my thyroid (the left lobe) was actually growing back. It was totally removed in 2004 (was 4x the normal size as well as hypothyroidism) and in doing the biopsy afterwards, they found a small pre-cancerous cell.

    Question is, has anyone been through that before and what was your outcome? The doctor wants to monitor the regrowth and I'm going back in October, but I can't help thinking what the heck is going on??

    • ANSWER:
      I had a total thryroidectomy in May 2005 due to cancer. I jhad two tumors, papillary carcinoma. It was caught early, but because there were two of them, I get monitored often and take a very high dose of thyroid replacement to supress any lingering cells that may be there or want to grow back.
      It is not unheard of for it to grow back. I do know of others that have gone through what you are experiencing, and they did just fine. Keep those appointments and if October seems too far away, ask for an earlier appt. Listen to your instincts-- I have found they are usually right with stuff like this. You will probably have RAI (radioactive iodine ablation to get rid of ALL those pesky cells).

      Hang in there, if you want to talk-- go to my 360 and we can chat.

  22. QUESTION:
    In July my Thyroid TSH was High 5.224 - retested in August and it'slow 2.488?
    What could cause this fluctuation - this is the first time my thyroid levels have ever been checked - I am not on any time of medication for thryoid issues. I'm feeling very concerned that 1 month it's high and the next month it's low - I have weight gain and fatigue but I have just been chalking that up to a not so healthy diet. Anyone have any insight to this? Thank yoU!

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid is generally not a cancerous problem, so don't be worried. Some people do develop a nodule on the thyroid gland, but it's not often cancerous and may or may not need to be removed.

      Also, the normal scale is roughly 0.5 to 5.5, so you weren't really high and the 2.488 is right in the middle; not low.

      I didn't take my supplement medicine for about year. A month ago I tested 164, which is "high." LOL (ok, off the chart) I retested the other day but the only thing I heard back is that the doc wants to see me. I'm not worried; probably just might need a medication dosage tweak.

  23. QUESTION:
    hello i m patient of thyroid last 2 year wht can i do my two kids but i feels very weakness plz suggested diet?
    chart for me

    • ANSWER:
      get yourself checked after every three months for TSH levels..apart from thyroxin or eltroxin tab that you are taking take atleast 1000 mg of calcium because thyroid deplets our body off calcium ..add atleast two glasses of milk...1 katori of curd + paneer..eat very less of soya apart from that eat regular meals as you do already ..get under the guidance o f a doctor or if you want monitor your levels yourself get your TSH , T3 T4 levels checked every three months but to increase or decrease the dose of medicine you need a doctor ..apart from this stick to a exercise routine so that you dont put on weight for it is very difficult to get rid of the extra pounds...and dont worry all will be well if you do all this..after all i myself have beeen a patient for last 14 yrs ...i am 40...weigh 65 kgs and doing fine...but yes i cant stop my routine because this disease can be dangerous if not taken care of properly ..so all the best !!!

  24. QUESTION:
    I dont look fat but i am overweight?
    I am 5,5 foot, 160 pounds and i dont look fat, thats all my friends are telling i look fine and NOT FAT! Even me myself think that i dont look fat but i am fat! :( thats depressing me a bit, i have big thighs and arms but not THAT BIG! Is it normal? Should i lose a bit of weight!? Is my body deceving me? NOTICE: i dont play any sport but i walk alot and jump

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , yes u r right , some weight has to be reduced . Here is what I would suggest you to :
      Firstly one should try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line , in that case more information can be gathered on narain1949@yahoo.com
      However general plan of action will remain : Exercise and Healthy Diet .
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) or rope skipping ( rope skipping is better )
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 45 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 45 minutes non-stop skipping .

      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      all the best :-

  25. QUESTION:
    i wish to reduce my weight.?
    I am planning to go for one chapati in morning ,one in lunch and one in evening.
    with cycling half an hour in morning and half an hour in evening.
    can anyone tell me that is it okay with the diet plan and exercise?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ,
      firstly one should try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line , in that case more information can be gathered on narain1949@yahoo.com
      However general plan of action will remain : Exercise and Healthy Diet .
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) or rope skipping ( rope skipping is better )
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 45 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 45 minutes non-stop skipping .

      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      all the best :-)

  26. QUESTION:
    Tell me some home tips to reduce weight :(?
    losing weight
    slim
    physique maintenance

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , see if following tips are of any help , since you have not mentioned ur height & weight ,so a sort of general solution I am giving , please pick & chose according to ur circumstances .But do read carefully :-)
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect . secondly
      Diet Chart :
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  27. QUESTION:
    How does having too much thyroid hormone effect ovulation?
    After having thyroid cancer I am now on thyroid medication. My tsh level is .02 as of a few weeks ago. I am having a hard time getting pregnant although with my past four kids it was barely a thought and I'd get two lines. I know it's my thryoid but having a hard time finding info online. Everytime you search thryoid it goes on about weight loss.
    Well, what I thought was too much thyroid hormone may just as well be a cervical cyst. I am still going to do another round and use the OPK's like I used too but after my pap smear today it might all be for naught anyways.

    • ANSWER:
      I had thyroid cancer too, and conceived both of my kids with super low tsh. First child conceived with a TSH of 0.10. Second child conceived with a TSH of 0.01.

      Before thyroid cancer, I had 31 day cycles so ovulation occurred on day 16-17 (ovulation occurs for most women about 14 days before the start of the next period).

      After thyroid cancer, with the super high dose of synthroid, my cycles are about 38 days. So now I only ovulate around day 23 or 24 which is 1 week later than when i used to ovulate.

      Have your cycles gotten very long as well? Remember, ovulation occurs around 14 days before the start of the next period regardless of cycle length. It's possible that you're missing your ovulation date.

      I swear by charting my cycle. If you don't know how to chart, read "Taking charge of your fertility" by Toni Weschler. A great free tool can be found at www.fertilityfriend.com.

      Also, use ovulation strips (opk) to confirm that you are in fact ovulating. Just before I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I was hypothyroid and not ovulating at all.

      I remember all my doctors saying, "oh don't worry. thyroid cancer doesn't affect your fertility at all." But I was still very nervous and panic set in that I may not have children (I was diagnosed at age 26, before having any kids).

      But I'm proof that it can happen. Both of my kids were born full-term with no problems (knock on wood!!).

      Good luck to you. Adjust your timing of "the baby dance" and that should help.

      Regards,
      mari

  28. QUESTION:
    thyroid questions/ hashimotos?
    Back in 2009 i had my throid checked out. my TSH came back within normal range. My T3 slightly low by about a point off the regular scale and my T4 slightly high by about a point as well. yet my antithyroglobulin AB came out high at 112 in a 40 being the max range. i also had a thyroid ultrasound showing diffuse heterogeniosity of the thyroid gland. i am waiting to get my thyroid rechecked . do i have hashimotos diseaSE? i am showing signs of hypothyroid but only weight gain, and difficulty concentration with dry hair and irregular periods. if i have hashimotos will my labs show off the charts??? or could the thyroid levels stay normal?

    • ANSWER:
      all the symptoms cited---------------maybe a sign hyperthyroidism.

      Here's what you may experience with hyperthyroidism:

      Appetite change (decrease or increase)
      Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
      Fatigue
      Frequent bowel movement—perhaps diarrhea
      Heart palpitations
      Heat intolerance
      Increased sweating
      Irritability
      Light menstrual periods—perhaps even missed periods
      Mental disturbances
      Muscle weakness
      Nervousness
      Problems with fertility
      Shortness of breath
      Sudden paralysis
      Tremor/shakiness
      Vision changes
      Weight loss-but perhaps weight gain
      Dizziness
      Thinning of hair
      Allergy, Itching and hives
      Possible increase in blood sugar
      If Graves' disease is the underlying cause of your hyperthyroidism, there are some additional symptoms associated with that. Please read our article on Graves' disease symptoms to learn more about those.

      U may see a super specialist-Endocrinologist/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can TSH and Free T3 and T4 tests be flukes?
    I've had constipation, dry skin, anxiety problems, among other things for a while. I am really sick of being sick. I'm too young to see a normal endocrinologist so I have to see a pediatric one. They can't see me for several months so my mom talked to them on the phone.

    All in all they said the my TSH levels being high and therefore being hypo could just be a fluke, as well as my Free T4 test being high. It makes me mad because all my symptoms can be caused by Hashimotos, which we are now getting a test for (TPOab).

    I would be so upset if that comes back and is "normal". Is it common for TSH and T4 T3 to be falsely off the charts?

    • ANSWER:
      YOU NEED A NEW DOCTOR! I am glad that you are getting the antibodies tests as that is what tells all. TSH may not mean anything if there are antibodies, indicating Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroiditis. Too many doctors rely on TSH (& then some even ignore that!) rather than going by symptoms!

      TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2)

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  30. QUESTION:
    Can you help me lose weight?
    I am 176 pounds and 5'3." Wishing to lose 50 pounds. I want to work with someone. You can join me on the site I am a member of. We can motivate each other.

    I am vegetarian so no animal flesh. If you are vegertarian, that is also a plus.
    Thanks to everyone's suggestions. I will follow through. And Abhishek, can you please enable email communications so I can send you a message. I would like to team up with you. My email is cindychawla@yahoo.com.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , motivation is very important , rather 'the most important' ingredient in any weight loss plan . What motivates us is the positive outcome of our efforts .Most get demotivated because they do not find visible results of their efforts. Why we fail to reduce inspite of workout and diet plan , that is the key !!! we must make every attempt to figure out the cause of weight gain , if its simply over eating/fast food and no physical activity then diet & exercise plan , which i m giving you below , just read carefully what all i have said n can ask questions too ! Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) / rope skipping
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 30 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 30 minutes non-stop skipping .
      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) / white Oats{ chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab “Neurobion Forte “one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case , either consult a doctor called Endocrinologist or can write me for more information on narain1949@yahoo.com.

  31. QUESTION:
    I am a fairly health 24-year-old male. I got a blood screening back today with super high Bili Totals. Help!?
    Ok, a little about me. Im 24, 5'7" only 125lbs. I'm a very skinny guy. Havent been to the doctor in 7 years or so. I got a blood screen result back from a recent visit to a clinic, and all was within normal limits except my Bili Total and my TSH.
    Both were OFF THE CHARTS HIGH.
    Bili was at 4.4 (normal range 0.3-1.2)
    TSH was at 4.74 (normal range .27-4.20)

    As far as I know high Bili levels are indicative of Liver Problems. I treat my liver fairly well (no alcohol or drugs of any kind), but perhaps there is another cause...

    The TSH level is even more perplexing. A high TSH is normally indicative of an underactive Thyroid, which I believe would cause rapid weight gain and lethargy etc. My sister has a hypothyroid condition which caused her to gain weight, and I suspected I had the exact opposite of her problem (hyperthyroid) because I lose weight rapidly and I'm unable to gain weight. In fact I'm dangerously thin despite being barely normal weight.
    So, a high TSH makes absolutely no sense to me...

    Anyhow, I know I should just go see a doctor but its tough without insurance. Perhaps someone could provide some insightful knowledge in the meantime that might help me make sense of these results. Like I said, all other tests were within ideal ranges. If it helps, when I went to take this screening I had been basically sedentary for several months (laid off) so I am likely much healthier now that I ride my bike 8 miles a day, 5 days a week.
    Any input is welcomed and appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      First, I'm going to give you links to where you may get
      some help with the financial part of this. You
      definitely need to be under doctors care.
      1)Freemedicine.com
      2)Drugs for the uninsured:
      Kathy Webster-Link Dispensary of Hope
      (888) 428-HOPE (4673) or info@dispensaryofhope.org
      http://www.dispensaryofhope.org

      3)Free Medical Clinics/Camps All Over the USA
      http://www.freemedicalcamp.org/http://freemedicinefoundation.com/index.html
      4)Listing of Free Clinics:
      http://www.freeclinics.us/freeclinic.php
      http://www.researchacrossamerica.com/index.html

      5)Health Insurance for Low Income Families
      http://www.health-insurance.org/low-income
      6)Patient Advocate Foundation
      Solving insurance and healthcare Access problems:
      1-800-532-5274
      http://www.patientadvocate.org/
      ......................................
      ABOUT THE THYROID
      There are two glands that has to be considered in the
      thyroid problem...The thyroid itself and the pituitary gland in
      the brain.
      TSH or Thyroid Stimulating hormone is the hormone made
      by the pituitary gland and released into the blood to signal
      the thyroid to make more of the Thyroid hormone.

      The Thyroid hormone, known as thyroxine, is then made and
      released into the blood.

      If the TSH is "too high "in the blood, it means the Thyroid isn't
      producing enough of the thyroxine and a patient is hypothyroid...
      hypo means low and in this case the thyroxine is low in the blood.

      If the TSH is "too low" in the blood, it means the Thyroid is
      producing too much of the thyroxine and a patient is considered
      hyperthyroid. Hyper means high and in this case the thyroxine
      is high in the blood.

      It is a balancing act as you can see. However, sometimes the
      problem is not the Thryoid...it can be the pituitary gland.
      In some cases The TSH and the T4,T3 (thyroxine) may both
      be too high or too low at the same time...this signifies a
      pituitary problem.

      The thyroid hormone has a great effect on may organs of
      the body, including the liver. Many people who have a liver
      problem will also have a thyroid problem and visa versa.
      Since both organs work with metabolism.
      Links about the thyroid:
      http://www.allthyroid.org/disorders/index.html
      http://www.thyroidmanager.org/

      ..............................................
      NOW FOR THE LIVER;
      There are different things that can cause
      a higher Bilirubin level. Let me explain what takes place.

      Bilirubin is made from our dead red blood cells.
      It is a greenish/brownish substance. The liver takes
      this bilirubin and converts it into a soluble form
      (becomes part of the bile) to flow through tube like
      structures (known as ducts)
      to the gallbladder to be stored and concentrated.
      When we eat, the food moves through the esophagus,
      through the stomach and then into the first part of the
      intestines...hormones then signal the gallbladder to
      contract and release the bile/bilirubin back into these ducts
      to flow to the intestines to help emulsify the fats we eat,
      so they can be digested.
      Anything that blocks the flow of the bile/bilirubin in the
      ducts: gallstone moves into the ducts, infection inside
      the ducts, growth inside the ducts, malformation of the
      ducts...can cause the bile/bilirubin to back up into the
      liver and the bilirubin will go out into the blood in a higher
      level. This back up into the liver can also cause
      liver cell damage. That is one thing that may happen.
      Another thing that could take place, is that for some
      reason...whether it be liver cell damage (disease) or
      liver failure...the bilirubin may not be converted to
      a soluble form and it will also rise in the blood.

      A third thing: If a persons produces too many red blood
      cells or the red blood cells die off too fast...it can cause
      a rise in bilirubin...because bilirubin is made from the
      dead red blood cells.
      A fourth thing: Is that some people normally have a
      higher bilirubin level in the blood known as Gilberts disease.

      You definitely need to be under the care of a
      gastroenterlogist now. He may also refer you to an
      endocrinologist.

      Bilirubin, is a pigment...meaning this substance can
      color other things. You may take note of the whites of
      your eyes and skin taking on a yellowish color.
      This is known as Jaundice. It is best seen in outdoor
      lighting, as indoor lighting can mask it.
      Because the kidneys filter the blood, you may see
      your urine taking on a darker appearance. Anywhere
      from a darker yellow to a dark brown. If this is a
      biliary problem where the bile/bilirubin doesn't reach
      the intestines...then you would notice lighter color
      stools...from a light brown, light yellow, to grayish white
      and they may float on top of the toilet water.
      This is just something to watch for.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes.

  32. QUESTION:
    childs blood lab results ?
    I am sub clinical hyperthyroid on meds, but my 10 year old son just got his blood labs back and confusing me a little. We are going to an Endocrin in a few weeks but for now his outdated thryroid tests are on my mind. I will post below and if you can tell me where it could be pointing, it would help me a bunch. Also if any of the other condtions he has could effect his thyroid levels and not actually be a thryroid problem. Thank you...
    PS: Please dont tell me I need more tests then what they did, I know they didnt do any anitbodies or tsh.....I have no clue why not either, but they will !!!!

    t4 is low at 3.1 (4.5-10.9)
    t3 uptake is high at 52 (22.5-37)
    fti is normal at 1.6 (1.2-3.1)
    Alk phos is high at 144 (25-100)
    Mono is high at 9.6 (3-9)
    Neut is high at 49.5 (23-45)

    He is currently losing his hair and balding in the crown section. He also has an unclassified eating disorder and has for 6 years (severly picky eater) The only meds he takes is Miralax due to bad diet causing bowel issues. Hes only 30% on growth chart. Tall but very skinny. No other problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I am glad to hear that you are going back to get more lab tests done like the TSH.
      Well here is my research, all points to " Hyperthyroidism".
      In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid "runs" our metabolism. These hormones also have direct effects on most organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of thyroid hormones. Essentially all cells in the body will respond to increases in thyroid hormone with an increase in the rate at which they conduct their business. Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe the signs and symptoms associated with an over production of thyroid hormone. For an overview of how thyroid hormone is produced and how its production is regulated check out our thyroid hormone production page.

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body's metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don't realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.
      Common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism
      Palpitations
      Heat intolerance
      Nervousness
      Insomnia
      Breathlessness
      Increased bowel movements
      Light or absent menstrual periods
      Fatigue
      Fast heart rate
      Trembling hands
      Weight loss
      Muscle weakness
      Warm moist skin
      Hair loss
      Staring gaze

      Remember, the words "signs" and "symptoms" have different medical meanings. Symptoms are those problems that a patient notices or feels. Signs are those things that a physician can objectively detect or measure. For instance, a patient will feel hot, this is a symptom. The physician will touch the patient's skin and note that it is warm and moist, this is a sign.
      I hope this info has helped you in some small way. My heart goes out to you and your son, once he gets on the proper meds, slowely things should go back to some sort of normality. I wish you the best outcome and healing.

  33. QUESTION:
    Am I underweight, overweight or normal?
    I'm a 17 year old girl, my height is 5.4" and I weigh 67 Kgs... I really wanna get rid of 5 Kgs from my total body weight. Can you please suggest some good healthy diets and exercises that do not involve the use of gym equipment?
    And please suggest some ways which will help me grow taller by at least 3-4 inches. I don't like being called short...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , height is determined by genetics . However I have lot to suggest on weight part , yes its on higher side & you must reduce at least 7 kg , following are some of the suggestions , hope this helps you please read every thing carefully :-)
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) / rope skipping
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      Rope Skipping : 45 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great woekout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 45 minutes non-stopb skipping .
      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  34. QUESTION:
    Sub clinical Hypothyrodisim?
    My wife was tested for throid problem. Her T3 & T4 levels were normal but TSH levels were slightly higher that normal - having 6 TSh, whereas the normal is max. 5. However all her symptoms are that of Hypothyrodisim like fatigue, Dryness. inattentiveness, indigsestion. loss of libido, etc. The only thing weird is instead of gaining weight she has lost weight. Could somebody let me know whether there is sure treatment in Homeopathy for the same or allopathy is the only solution for her problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Loosing weight is a blessing, under the condition, she does not have to deal with over weight issue and other stuff that part of over weight problems.

      See if she can have low dose Viagra for female. Talk to the doctor that is treating her for thyroid condition.

      Gallon of Fluids(mainly water) per day is the rule for every one.

      So that will take care of dryness(dehydration).

      She must eat the Number of calories per day as per Body-Mass-Index-chart, here it is(http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm ), but get an approval from the same doctor on calorie count. Write down every thing that need to be clear with doctor and then call or pay a visit to the doctor.

      Some of it may be side effect of thyroid medications.

      In the mean time have her do exercises, just slow walking even if it is in the dwelling only, go to walk in park near by, with her, may do wonders for both. Most minor abnormality can be control by increasing body activity such as an extra walk before eating. She does not need to join the gym or a club to do this, Free hand bending and other things like stretches can do wonders. Light weight does not have to be expensive, a small plastic bottle with water in it, can provide good light work out. Fill the bottle half then to increase weight add few oz of water, or get a bigger bottle.

  35. QUESTION:
    SUPER LOW TEMP'S HELP!!!?
    Hi, anyone out there that has been charting their waking BBT's ever had their pre-ovulatory phase with waking temp's between 95 and 96 degrees? If so have you successfully conceived? I am not on any medications and have not been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Thyroid levels have been within normal range. Any thought? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      What TSH do you consider to be in the normal range? Even though some labs use 4 as the cut off, my RE likes to see TSH below 2.5.
      Your temps do sound a bit low. Are they rising after ovulation? It would help if you posted a FF chart of your BBT.

  36. QUESTION:
    What do these thyroid levels mean?
    Here in Ontario Canada, it's very difficult to get a doctor to admit if there is a problem with my thyroid, I keep getting brushed off, yet I feel like I'm going crazy.

    Here are the results of my most recent test (which I pretty much demanded):

    TSH: 2.48
    T3: 13.9
    T4: 13

    Do these lean to hypothyroid? (I have most of the symptoms but as I said, I keep getting brushed off, and the doctor (clinic) ignored the tests.

    Should I push harder? Are these anything I need to worry about?

    (YES I just found out that it is in my family both grandparents and an aunt on my mom's side all are hypo, grandfather had goiter.)

    • ANSWER:
      Your T3 count is perhaps a little high, but not off the chart. As another poster said: it depends on what reference range they're using. However, a slightly elevated count would lean you more towards hyperthyroidism, not hypothyroidism. Generally though, a specialist would look at those numbers and say that you're normal.

      Sorry but, looking at those figures, I don't think your thyroid is the problem here. That's why you're getting brushed off. Maybe ask your doctor and see if there's anything else that could be causing your symptoms.

  37. QUESTION:
    "vibrating" sensation in neck, severe sudden unilateral headaches (feels like !@#$#$ stroke, spasms&twitching?
    I've had some crazy symptoms but my doctor never listens. So, does anyone have any idea what this could be???

    PLEASE READ the whole thing

    Symptoms:
    -I've lose ~30lbs over last few months
    -"vibrating" sensation in neck, like blood is flowing too fast???
    -heart palpitations from inexplicable low potassium that comes and goes
    -severe sudden unilateral headaches (feels like !@#$#$ stroke): It makes me lightheaded and literally put me on my hands and knees. Always in same spot. At first I'd get the same feeling of lightheadedness, but over the last month the "stroke like" feeling comes along with pain. If I lay down feels like blood stays on one side of head and I need to move. I also twitch more, especially my eyes.
    - Sometimes it feels like I can't hear as well on right side... And only recently was I diagnosed with APD
    -spasms&twitching, worse at night
    - I feel dumber and can't concentrate or remember things
    - Fibrocystic/lumpy breasts
    - Swollen lymph nodes, some times painful other times not an neck, clavical, behind and in front of right ear (these are firm and don't hurt), really painful ones under arms/armpits
    - thyroiditis that comes and goes sometimes it hurts other times it doesn't
    - mood swings
    - random cysts
    - sometimes it feels like something is pushing on the tips of my (left hand) fingers
    - hair loss
    -sometimes my tendons feel tight and painful for some inexplicable reason
    - arms and legs fall asleep way easier than they used to
    - Joints really hurt sometimes, especially my TMJ
    - severe pain on right side near ribs... feel a bump/cyst like thing there (kidneys OK, Liver OK)
    - I experience sudden muscle weakness and fatigue and sweat a lot (could be due to jacked up potassium???)
    - Sharp pains in right side of neck
    - started to develop panic attacks from headache and palpitations scaring the Sh*t out of me.
    - I feel off balance and disoriented at times
    - mild night sweats
    - Early on there would be popping sounds in my ear at night.
    - recently bad pressure like feeling and headache when I stand up
    - I've always had irregular periods
    - vision in my right eye worse than left-- this is new and I sometimes have double vision if I don't wear my glasses. developed over few months

    - Lyme Disease negative
    - No thyroid antibodies, but TSH and T4 levels change a lot
    -Consistently Low WBC with High lymphocyte %, but not way off charts, other things also H and L, but I don't remember what they were.
    - mono negative
    - no UTI
    - not associated with PMS

    I'm 20-25yrs old. All of this developed over ~4months, got way worse after a flu shot, I had a sore develop on my lip and low grade fever after the shot.

    Any ideas??? My doc did refer me to endo but I don't see him for 3 months! Symptoms come and go so doctor thinks I'm nuts...
    Is this just stress? Am I freaking out over nothing? I feel like a hypochondriac because my doctor says I'm fine and that some symptoms, like potassium, were probably due to "an infection of some sort." and the rest is stress.
    I usually have low BP around 100-110/50-70, but at times it sky rockets when I start freaking out over my symptoms.
    I actually get lightheaded easily
    Oh, AND, never had I experienced panic attacks and palpitations until recently. My doc prescribed me a benzo, which helped with my so called "panic" (I still have my doubts I was actually panicking) but I still have the other strange symptoms.
    ALSO, I've never had headaches like the ones I'm getting now. They hurt more than anything I've ever felt in my head
    My ears and around my ears always twitching

    • ANSWER:
      where you checked for lyme by a good lad

      the elisa test most dr use is a joke..it said i was negative is well

      you sound like u could have lyme. u need to see an LLMD (Lyme literate medical doctor) ASAP

      Some help here
      http://www.curelymedisease.com/resources/

  38. QUESTION:
    i want to loose 10 kg.. please give some effective idea..?
    my age is 27. height 4.9''. my current weight is 60kgs. i am asthma patient. cant running. i am walking daily 1 hr. in my normal speed. i need some diet chart. which is help me to loose my weight.
    i don't eat any spicy food. like only home made normal food.

    • ANSWER:
      Diet chart of 1200 calories :
      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) / white Oats{ chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab “Neurobion Forte “one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line ..any one who is over weight whether male or female must under go at least two blood tests : TSH and Fasting Serum Insulin ...finding the cause of unintended weight gain ,will help reduce weight.

  39. QUESTION:
    thyroid problem? I've felt depressed, anxious, and generally not myself for about a year now. ?
    Nothing happened in my life to warrant depression- I know it can happen to anyone, but there were no life altering events and everything was going really well for me when it first started. I'm a college girl who gets good grades, has a wonderful family and friends, and at the time I had a healthy relationship. I had some bloodwork done to check my thyroid and my TSH was .5 but my thyglobulin and antibody levels were really high. My doc did nothing and dismissed me as just being depressed. Over the course of the year I tried 6 diff antidpressants and therapy- all of which didnt help how I felt. Three weeks ago I had my blood tested again just in case, and turns out my antibody levels are "off the charts" (as my doc said) and my TSH has gone up to 2.5. He also said my t4 was abnormal. So basically my question is, could I have been suffering from a thyroid problem this whole time? I have an apt with an endo in a few days and I'm really hoping for some closure on this problem. Some days I really just feel awful...my symptoms have been: depression, weight loss (even though I have a normal appetite), some days I sleep all day and others I can't fall asleep, anxiety, cold all the time, brain fog, heavy periods, enlarged thyroid on the right side....any help/insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I would say that you were in the early stages of a thyroid problem when you first went to the doctor. These things can develop suddenly or take years. Your doctor should have ordered your tests redone a couple of weeks after your first results to see if there were any changes. He kinda dropped the ball there. Good luck with your doctors appointment!

  40. QUESTION:
    my thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is 7.44 please advise.?
    my age 70 and male .No medicines used sofar.

    • ANSWER:
      TSH should be under about 4.5 to 5.0 in most reference ranges.

      At 7.44 -- this is leaning towards hypothyroidism. This simply means your thyroid isn't producing enough T3 to satisfy the needs of your body.

      The Thyroid is on a loop with the pituitary gland,.. on this axis -- the pituitary gland tests the blood for available T3 and T4 (Thyroid Hormone) -- if the pituitary (brain) senses not enough, it signals for more to be produced by our thyroid glands.. the only way it can get the message to the gland is by a hormone, which is this TSH.

      The opposite occurs as well,.. if we have TOO much of these hormones,.. the signal would be of LESS TSH, and the thyroid would produce less. (If this were the case, you would have what is known as HyperThyroidism).

      Hypothyroidism is VERY common, and at your age is even more common. There is some level of dysfunction that is going to occur in these glands as we age. Your TSH levels aren't 'off the charts' but you could probably benefit from some added T3/T4 hormone via prescription. IE: Synthroid, Armour Thyroid, Dessicated,.. (there are quite a few brands and kinds).

      Your regular doctor (GP/PCP) should be able to hand this sort of case easily and start you on a trial of such a drug at a low dose and then you can remeasure your TSH in several months/weeks... and adjust based on the new test.

      If need be, you can see a specialist in this area, which would be an endocrinologist.

      So GP/PCP first -- if they have problems with it,.. get a referral to an endocrinologist.

      Here is some general information about HypoThyroidism for you to browse:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353

      Also, in video format:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG3ydwkjQ_8

      You can find similar videos on youtube in the bar to the right if you wish to look further, and get personal accounts.

      It is NOT life threatening, and is easily managed with a pill.

      Take care,

  41. QUESTION:
    can you give me a best diet plan for indians?

    i am 24 yrs old

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , see if it helps you !
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect . secondly
      Diet Chart : Around 1200 calories
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods . if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  42. QUESTION:
    No clue what's going on with my chart. CD 41 and counting.?
    This is seriously the most frustrating cycle of my life. Words can't even describe how confused and upset I am that I am on CD 41 with NO ovulation and NO AF and NO pregnancy.

    Here it is, the friggin ugliest chart you've ever seen (not for the squeamish):

    http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/933du3ja4

    Now, I saw my OB/GYN on July 6 and he took a look at my chart and photocopied my last six charts for his records. He doesn't understand it either, and he specializes in menstrual and reproductive GYN stuff. He said that MAYBE my body was "gearing up" to get AF around CDs 21-22 because of the spotting and subsequent temp dip, but it still doesn't make sense because there's no clear sign of ovulation. There is no thermal shift. It looks very much like an anovulatory cycle. I have not had a single +OPK this entire time. Some have had color but none were positive. I have not had the ovulation pain, either. He said it could just be hormonal so he took some blood. He ran like nine tests, all of which came back totally normal. So he has no explanation for this.

    He also did an ultrasound and there was nothing there. Everything looked totally normal. He didn't see a follicle or a corpus luteum on either ovary, and the lining looked normal. There was also no pregnancy, regular or ectopic. He was totally baffled too, especially in comparing this stupid chart to my previous pretty charts. Nothing has changed in my life -- not my diet, not my medications, nothing. My weight is the same, and I do not have any excessive stress. So what could be causing this?!

    My cycles, as you can see, have been pretty consistent since I began charting. But this?! This is total insanity compared to all my charts. I had a miscarriage and D&C in February, and then another D&C and hysteroscopy a couple of months later to remove a blood clot, and my three cycles after February were all five weeks long. Now that was weird, too, but not NEARLY as weird as THIS!

    I seriously feel like this is the cycle that would never end, and it's frustrating as hell because we want to TTC but have no idea what's going on!

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Insights? Comments? What do you think?

    I wish AF would just SHOW UP ALREADY. It's bad enough having no clue where you are in your cycle, but now I am starting to seriously worry that something is broken, or that there's something wrong with me.

    Anyone? Please?

    • ANSWER:
      My dear, this is very simple. You're having an anovulatory cycle. It happens. Nothing deep, nothing serious. Sometimes our bodies just have a wonky cycle. Yours *may* be related to your earlier pregnancy.

      Quite frankly, what's MORE confusing here is why you and your doctor are allowing the confusion and frustration to continue. Just end the cycle already and get on to the next one.

      1) Have you thyroid (TSH) checked. Often times, your thyroid can be thrown off after or during a pregnancy (YES, even if you've never had a thyroid issue before). A wonky thyroid will cause changes to your cycle liek you've been having since your miscarriage. If the thyroid is off, meds can get it back to normal, thus, also restoring your cycles.

      2) If your TSH level checks out normal, get a progesterone test to make sure ovulation has not occurred yet this cycle (you always want to make sure of this before doing what I'm going to suggest next). If your progesterone level says you haven't ovulated, then your doctor should prescribe Provera. Because Provera will force your body to have a period, some doctors will also throw in a beta pregnancy test to make absolutely sure first. In any case, you take the Provera for about 10 days and a few days after your last pill, your period will start. End of drama.

      There's NO reason to keep wondering and worrying about what's going on. Call your doctor and schedule a thyroid panel, progesterone level, and beta pregnancy test. They can all be done at once with one blood draw. The results will tell you whether you need thryoid meds or Provera. Get it done and be done with it.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    My 9 y/o daughter's TSH level is 823!!!?
    My daughter was diagnosed two weeks ago with Hypothyroidism. The doctor discovered at her well-child check-up that she had decreased by 40% on her growth chart. After running labs and bone age studies, she has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. From what I understand, normal levels are <5. She was started on 50 micrograms of Synthroid and will be re-checked again in two weeks. My question is - is the higher the level more cause for concern? Is the higher the level an indicator of something more like Thyroid Cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      If you do research on thyroid problems it is caused by bromine poisoning. Many years ago the people that made white breads decided to make bread without iodine and added bromine instead... why not its almost the same except its toxic!

      Anyway, bromine was added to everything and iodine was taken out. Even salt that says it has iodine added ...well its not enough iodine to make a difference in a hamster.

      Many Integrative Drs have known about this for many years, meanwhile "regular" drs refuse to treat patients for lack of iodine or any of the diseases that it causes.

      Not to worry there is time to fix your daughter. First, make sure she never goes near white bread "enriched" products again in her life. She will also have to stay away from all swimming pools that contain chlorine because chlorine poisoning is also a major cause of thyroid problems. Salt water pools are much healthier for you. Secondly, get her on a product called IODORAL (google to find) . She will only need to be on this product for 6 months. After about the first three days you will notice that she will feel much better. Thirdly, get her off the synthroid and put her on westroid, (a natural but pharmacutical product). DO NOT allow your pharmacy to give you an alternative. They often exchange westroid scripts because they dont order it. Also I suggest using onlybrown or red sea salt.

      You will be able to tell Im right if you do a simple test on your daughter. Go to the drug store and get an lugal solution( liquid iodine, ask the pharmacy). Lay her down and then pour a little bit on her tummy... it will absorb immediately into her because she is lacking iodine. Drs are so lazy that they refuse to do this simple test or insurance companies wont pay the 25cents to figure out what is really wrong.

      Because she is lacking proper thyroid function you should probably get her on a good childrens vitamin that is non synthetic.

      Your daughter should be feeling better soon.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with this thyroid question?
    I was just diagnosed with hashimotos which ive come to learn is similar to hypothyroidism. I am 20 and have been a normal weight my whole life. i am now taking 50Mg's of levothyroxine. i was told that this is a generic drug and that you should never take generic drugs for thyroid conditions because it will act against stabilizing your thyroid. im very concerned that i am going to start gaining weight now that i am on this medicine. my doctor is kind of an a**hole and always makes comments to me like "wow ive never seen someone with such a bad thyroid problem as you" which obviously doesn't make me feel any better about this situation and definitely makes it so i do not trust her. i plan on finding a new doctor but in the mean time is there anyone who can tell me, is this the right drug for me? and do you think i am going to gain weight?

    • ANSWER:
      First yes if you aren't comfortable with your Dr. then get a new Doctor. An endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid medicine might be your best bet.

      Hypothyroidism has many forms and is caused by many things Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a disease where your bodies immune system attacks your thyroid gland and shuts it down. The damage that your immune system does to your thyroid gland is irreversible and the thyroid gland is no longer able to produce the thyroid hormones that are required to keep your metabolism up to speed.

      As for your medication, it's said that once you are started on a synthetic thyroid hormone medication you shouldn't switch brands because they do slightly differ from each other. Now I have Hashimoto's and my endocrinologist has me on Synthroid she said that I have to remain on Synthroid because the generic brand won't work for/on me.

      When you have Hashimoto's it can take up to a couple of years for your immune system to completely shut down your thyroid gland this is why you need to see your doctor regularly until and have blood work done during those times so that they can get you to the point where your medication is completely regulated. It's very important to do this until that time. Even after you should be checked every 6 months or twice a year for the rest of your life.

      Things will get better for you once everything levels off in the mean time you have to keep your head up and learn to live with the changes that your body is going through. Once your medication is regulated and your metabolism is back to normal you will find it easier to lose weight.

      All the best to you and keep a positive attitude. Contact your Doctor whenever your symptoms get stronger as that could indicate the need for another increase in medication. Also during this time your t3 t4 and TSH levels will fluctuate and your tests may be slightly above normal one day and be way off the charts two weeks later. It does happen, I know because I shocked a doctor with that one. So feel free to go to battle for another blood test with that one if you feel it's necessary.

  45. QUESTION:
    does green tea reduce weight?
    i need to reduce 5 kgs in 3 months or so...i am working out but i wana speed it up...i wana know if green tea really helps in weight loss...and i hate its taste so can i add some honey and lemon juice to spruce it up....
    and also, how much time does it take to reduce weight with green tea intake...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi , no it doesn't , work out plus a healthy diet will do the trick for you , just read what i have to say & adjust accordingly :-)
      Exercise : 45 minutes cardio that is brisk walk or treadmill walk or jogging and 15 minutes of weights like dumb-bells , this is muscle strengthening exercise , sit ups will have same effect .
      :How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.
      Diet Chart :
      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case then an ultrasound examination of uterus and ovaries should be done. . Feel free to ask any thing on narain1949@yahoo.com , all the best

  46. QUESTION:
    Homeostasis in the endocrine system?
    Hi, i have to do an assignment on how negative feedback mechanism works in an organism and i picked the homorne level control in the blood for humans. I have to make a chart/orginizer on how it works and i dont know what to put for the set point-normal range. The normal range is suppose to be level at which body can operate properlly. I dont know what to start it off with i have my information:

    Hormone level controlled in the blood
    Pituitary gland monitors the level of thyroxin in the blood. Thyroxin is made in the thyroid. If the level of the hormone thyroxin is detected to be too low, the pituitary releases one of its hormones called Thyroid Stimulating hormone (TSH). It travels to the thyroid by the way of the circulatory system and stimulates the thyroid to produce more thyroxin. As the level of thyroxin and blood return to normal, the pituitary will stop releasing TSH. This causes the thyroid to stop making thyroxin. The negative feedback system keeps the body’s internal environment operating smoothly

    Can somone help me with the chart? It will help me alot!! Thank you.
    Thanks for the advice but i thought the pituitary gland was the "control centre" in the chart it says to show the decrease, control centre, increase, normal range. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      What you have there seems fine. As it is a loop I'm not sure if there is one specific place to begin, but the way you described it sounds fine, at least in the relationship between the pituitary and the thyroid. The hypothalamus also has some effects but I'm not sure if you need to include that. The set point, or normal range is set by the body (by the pituitary and hypothalamus) and the thyroid follows its orders.

  47. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Antibodies Tests?
    I went to see a doctor for my thyroid (a hollistic, bio-identical hormone doc) a couple weeks ago. Her office is closed on Friday, but will be opened Monday. Meanwhile, I got further testing done through a private lab for THYROID PEROXIDASE AB and ANTITHYROGLOBULIN AB. The best I can tell, my levels for the THYROID PEROXIDASE AB are off the charts, as far as the reference intervals are concerned. She already put me on natural dessicated thyroid from a compounding pharmacy, based on some other lab results (TSH, T3 and T4)....today was my first dose. Anyway, I had a 254 for the THYROID PEROXIDASE AB and a <20 for the ANTITHYROGLOBULIN AB. The 254 seems really high, as the interval range was 0-30. Am I going to die before I talk to my doc on Monday? Ha ha. I'm starting to freak out. Does this mean that I for sure have Hashimoto's?????

    • ANSWER:
      High level of thyroid antibodies is one of indicators for Hashimoto’s disease. Your doctor may also check if your thyroid gland is enlarged and forms a goiter. Ultrasound could show the structural changes in the thyroid gland.

      If your doctor put you on thyroid medication based on TSH, T3 and T4 hormones test results you are most likely hypothyroid. Using thyroid medication should decrease your antibodies level and normalize TSH.

      People with Hashimoto’s disease have special nutritional requirements. You could read more about it at http://outsmartdisease.com

  48. QUESTION:
    ACUPUNCTURE and lymphatic drainage treatment for TTC???
    Has anyone tried this and gotten pregnant naturally! I have my first session tonight!!
    Both of my tubes are blocked! I am willing to try anything! I plan to start IVF in 4 or 5 months if this does not help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Angie,

      I'll tell you what... I didn't use acupuncture, but I am seeing a chiropractor who does holistic work. What he does is practice muscle balancing, which is a nice way of saying painful massages that break up adhesions and/or improve blood flow to certain organs; thus improving their overall function and health. I'm seeing him for my reproductive organs. These "massages" are not for wienies! He literally manipulates these muscles and vertebrae that influence important organs.

      My first HSG report showed 2 completely blocked tubes and problems with my uterus. My Day 3 blood tests showed an FSH of 11.6 and a TSH (thyroid) of 5.33.

      My second HSG after a few treatments showed both tubes completely OPEN and my uterus in much better shape. My bloodwork showed my TSH level went down to 3.88 and my FSH was 11.2. They like to see a TSH of 3 or less for optimum fertility, so we're still working on that and my FSH. But I'm thrilled about the progress so far! It's unbelievable.

      So what's my opinion?? DO IT!! I don't know if the acupuncture will unblock your tubes but it will definitely improve your overall reproductive health.

      My doctor also said my only chance at first was IVF, but with these new tests, we are moving forward so that I can get pregnant naturally. This is my first cycle with my open tubes, so wish me luck!!

      Fertility Friend is an online website that offers a program that you can use to chart your basal body temperatures as well as offers LOTS of support to women with fertility issues. There are support groups where women exchange ideas and support each other in their TTC journeys. You may want to look into it. There are support groups there with women who are using acupuncture and other holistic healing methods to improve their chances of pregnancy.

      Good luck to you!

  49. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me rationalize this thyroid med thing?
    In 2009 I started thyroid medicine for hypothyroid. Over time I ended up on 125mcg thyroxine and 25 cytomel. This made my TSH off the charts low. I had headaches and stuff but didn't think anything of it. I lowered the 25 cytomel to 12.5. In August of this year I found out about Natural Calm magnesium that is supposed to help with headaches. I took it gradually for about a month or a little more. #2's became horrible on the "loose" end of things but they came with increased energy, severe anxiety, etc. so I thought it was the magnesium (because it does that to #2's) but it doesn't give you energy it makes you calm (which I wasn't). I went to the doctor and had a series of blood work done and we decided it was time to thoroughly decrease my meds down and I have been on the new dose for about 2 days and I took no meds Sat & Sun and felt the best. I am slowly getting better but my digestion/stomach took the hit the worst and it is hard to eat feeling horrible all day. I have lost about 6lbs unintentionally between constant #2's and not being able to eat because of nausea/gas, and feeling uncomfortable. On top of this I was taking 1,000 of B12 sublingual and my blook work showed that was kind of high too- so I stopped taking it. My question is... is it possible for the thyroid medicine to turn on you out of no where like that? I still get little "whifs" of energy/anxiety here and there but not as bad. and showering makes me on edge too (warm/hot shower). I am just worried something else is going on but my blood work doesn't show anything and my doctor feels pretty sure about the thyroid meds. Any thoughts you have would help me. I don't have a virus. I do have allergies. I have an extremely sensitive stomach to begin with- so this didn't help....but do you think it is possible for medicine to turn on you like that- that fast? or do you think it may have been triggered by the b12 and/or magnesium? My intuition tells me I am thinking way to much about this and just gradually let myself heal, but my ego-self (negative thought process) makes me feel otherwise. More than likely each of them contribute in their own way. The good thing is that I am very slowly improving. My TSH went from 0.01 to 0.03 if that helps. Thank you all!

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you were on the thyroid meds w/o being retested on a regular basis until it worked too good and made you hyper. You should have TSH levels rechecked at least every 6 mos as our needs change. If your doctor does not do this, you need a new doctor.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  50. QUESTION:
    i need a help ,, i want to loose 35 kg.. bt i dnt have a good trainer in gym.. can u help . plzzzzzzzzzzzz?
    i have asthma...

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise : 45 minutes brisk walk ( 5 km in 45 minutes) / rope skipping
      : 15 minutes of weights ( dumb-bells )
      What is brisk walk : the speed should be such that as if you have to catch up a bus , that sort of speed should be for entire 45 minutes and you should be covering at lease 5 KM in 45 minutes . secondly fold ur arms at elbow 90 degree and take short n fast steps !
      OR
      Rope Skipping : 30 minutes non stop rope skipping is a great workout . One can start with five minutes non-stop , then gradually every day increase ur duration say by one or two minutes , soon one develops stamina for 30 minutes non-stop skipping .
      How to do abs : lie down on floor , hook ur feet under the sofa , then raise ur head &chest above the floor without help of hands .Keep hands folded on tummy. repeat this say ten times on day one ,then every day increase by two . All exercises should be done in this incremental way . That means we push the body to do little more every day then the previous day.

      Diet :
      Around 1200 calories per day diet chart

      8:30 breakfast
      Tea or Milk 1 cup +
      whole wheat bread with salad filling /Dalia with vegetables/egg boiled ( white part only) { chose any one option}
      11:00 mid-morning
      sprouts or roasted gram ( 10 gm )
      1:30 Lunch
      salad /soup + chapati 2 small ( no rice) , dal,vegetables ,curd of double toned milk
      5:00 Evening tea
      Tea/fruit ( one apple or one pear , no other fruit is allowed )/upma/poha add vegetables in these things.
      8:00 Dinner
      should be of same things as lunch
      Bed Time :
      around 10-11 pm pudding without sugar

      Logic for advising five meals a day : when ever we eat some thing , intestine work to digest it , in that process intestine use calories to digest food , so we give intestine to work but we do not provide calorie high foods , that way body is benefited .
      Lot of salad in diet , steamed food like broccoli , beans , any kind of leaves like spinach etc , peas etc. Use lentils also. Add soya bean flour or black gram floor to wheat floor to increase protein value & decrease caloric value ( 75%wheat flour+25%soybean flour)
      Drink plenty of water. Any thing made from refined flour like biscuits , bread , noodles ,anything from bakery is a bad food .No sweet thing for you , no sugar at all .
      Avoid :1) potato , Arbi , yam , sweet potato
      :2) sweets,sugar,gur,honey,jam,jelly etc.
      can substitute chapati with :
      one chapati is equal to : one serving spoon of parboiled rice or one small plain dosa or one cup upma/ poha , add green vegetables anywhere & everywhere you can.
      Oil : olive oil preferably virgin olive oil 500 ml ( half liter only ) in whole month for one person.
      Since Diet is restricted in many ways , it is advised to take some vitamin supplements like tab supradyn one on alternate day .
      Finally one must try to figure out why the weight has gone this way , is it simply over eating ? if not then Thyroid hormone should be checked by finding out TSH level . secondly in girls hormonal issues can be underlying cause as indicated by delayed periods , abnormal fat deposition especially around waist line .. if that is the case , either consult a doctor called Endocrinologist or can write me for more information on narain1949@yahoo.com.

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