I have a problem with conversion of T4 to T3. I have normal TSH and T4, but my t3 is below the range. I also have high LDL and TC.
I would appreciate any recommendations. My doctor ignored my thyroid results, but recommended statins which I am not inclined to take. I on the other hand would like to fix my thyroid problem. It's possible, however, that I am wrong since my medical knowledge is non-existing. My doctor is good.
What's probably happening is you are making reverse T3. rT3, as it's called, does nothing for you. T3 is needed to convert cholesterol to hormones. Without T3, your cholesterol rises and your hormones tank.
There is an adrenal connection and some adrenal support may be needed, but don't try this on your own. Find a doc that will help. Fire any doctor who won't test for T3 and rT3 and thyroid antibodies. TSH and T4 are only helpful in diagnosing subclinical hypothyroidism, which is 90% of what they see. You have bigger issues!
Don't take the statins whatever you do, that only compounds the problems when you get your T3 back to normal.
The Doctors' Medical Library - Wilsons Reverse T3 Dominance Syndrome, Health and Medical Information
Thank you, Otzi.
My vitamin D levels is good now. I have no idea what is my ferritin level, but I started to have a problem after my blood donation - the first I ever had. I suspect that my ferritin level dropped. I don't exercise much.
You will probably need to get put on Cytomel, which is synthetic T3. I can't believe your doctor is ignoring low T3. Do you know the exact number? Is it below the reference range?
Otzi, it says it's 82 ng/dl. The range is 94-170.
My diet ....
Pretty normal right now. For the last couple of years, I gradually eliminated vegetable oils, reduced grains, minimized sugar and significantly increased vegetables. I eat meat/chicken/fish and dairy (yogurt and cheeses). It's possible that I overdid with lowering of carbs - I never counted them. After the tests, I looked at my intake and it was low. I used to be a heavy bakery eater, so I never suspected that I could be on the other end. I've increased my intake recently.
I am not fully primal. Ah, there is one ketone (1+) in my urine. I never had it before. Whatever the meaning of it is ... I don't know. I also don't know what my T3 was earlier - it was never tested.
Last edited by anna5; 12-22-2012 at 12:56 PM.
Cortisol inhibits t4 conversion to t3. Adrenaline also inhibits conversion, and raises antagonistic reverse t3. Aside from that, high fat and high protein diets affect your ability to convert to t4 into t3, as well as deficiencies in vitamin a, selenium, zinc, b2, etc
Other than that, small grains of synthetic T3 can help.
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