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    I'm always looking to optimize/maximize my health so hopefully some of you have experiences on below.


    As I'm aging like a fine wine, I'm thinking of getting my hormones tested to see where I stand. I've been thinking about this more recently particularly since my body doesn't seem to respond to putting muscle on the way it used to.

    Any experience from the ladies out there on hormonal

    testing & supplementing? Anything I should ask for at the docs (or watch out for)?


    Also, I've been looking into getting my iodine levels tested, esp. after having read Dr.Eades stuff on it. Any experience getting this tested & supplemented to optimum levels?


    P.S. My blood-tests (lipids) are all good last time I checked (few months ago). BP is excellent. I'm getting Vitamin D levels checked here in next few weeks. Overall I'm ~6' tall, and only ~5 lbs away from my ideal bodyweight...but I'm looking to firm up more. I do exercise, sprint, lift heavy things etc.


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    Bump....hoping someone has something to add


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    Nina, my PCP is so reluctant to order any tests, god knows why!! I'd been asking her to get my blood sugars tested as I had some recurring mild discomfort in my UT 7 months ago and she just asked if my parents and grandparents had diabetes and when I said no, she said then I don't need the test!!! I'm planning to go see a naturopath instead, but I'll have to pay for the tests from my pocket then My lipids were fine when I had them tested 6 months ago and my TSH, 3rd generation was 1.35. The reference range says it's normal but beyond that I don't know how to interpret it. My BP is usally on the lower end of the normal range. I recently got my serum Vit D levels tested through Grassroots health (http://www.grassrootshealth.net/ ) and it is 30. So I've been supplementing w/ 5000IU of Vit D.


    I've been concerned about my weight gain off-late. No doubt, overeating and lack of exercise are to be blamed but then again I want to make sure I don't have any thyroid or other hormonal issues.


    Do keep us posted on what the dr says about iodine levels and hormonal testing.


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    http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1091794


    This is "THE Iodine Thread" on the MDC forums--my go to forum for all things health related...maybe it will be of help irt iodine? It's long, but worth reading.


    I'd also check out WAPF's "The Great Iodine Debate" before choosing to supp w/ iodine: http://www.siteground217.com/~weston...-iodine-debate


    (I'm personally planning to use (tested) kelp for 'supping' iodine--I may wait till I'm done nursing b/c of the detox effects...)


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    Thanks so much you two!


    Maba - yeah, I hear you. My doc is very difficult about testing unless I considerably exagerate my symptoms. It's a shame because I really want to focus on optimizing my health, whereas doc seems to only care that I'm not sick. Oh...and I DID sign-up for that Vitamin D test (thanks...your link was originally the one that got me started on that). My BP is also on low side...always has been.


    FairyRae2 - thanks so much. I'm off to do some reading!


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    If you want to get a rough picture of whether you're iodine deficient or not, youcould also try out this:


    "But for specific recommendations for hypothyroidism, I feel the best supplement that one could possibly take for proactive thyroid health on a regular basis would be some form of organic iodine. A simple way to determine if one requires this is to paint a patch of tincture of iodine on your skin the size of a half dollar. The iodine brown coloration should last at least 24 hours. The faster it is absorbed the greater the body's iodine deficiency."

    From Dr. Mercola. Source: http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/...es/mercola.htm


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    Where can one find Iodine tincture? Are they available in drug stores like Rite-Aid and CVS?


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    Either drugstore or, more likely, pharmacy I'd say. You don't need a prescription or anything for that though.


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    madMUHHH - thanks for the link, but I've actually read alot of conflicting info on the iodine skin test. Aparently it really isn't an accurate test of iodine deficiency, specifically because so little is absorbed thro' the skin. This link has references to some studies done on the subject:

    http://thyroid.about.com/library/derry/bl2a.htm


    As far as I can tell the best way to get an indication of iodine deficiency is w/ an iodine-loading test. It's ~$100 for the test thro' these guys, but you need a physician sign-off:

    http://www.vrp.com/ProductPage.aspx?ProdID=9137&zType=1


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