TSH or Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH) is a hormone that is made by the Pituitary Gland that controls Thyroid function. High levels of TSH mean to the pituitary that the thyroid is ‘under’active and vice versa low levels TSH mean the pituitary is sensing ‘over’active thyroid.
Many labs today are using ‘outdated’ values for the norms of TSH. The end result is your doctor may not be offering you the most effective treatment. A healthy person TSH values are 1.4 ulY/ml per Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). National Academy for Clinical Biochemistry since 2002 recommended the serum norms of TSH be between 0.5-2.0 uu;U/ml. It is the standard for the optimal therapeutic target for replacement treatment in hypothyroidism.
Higher levels of TSH is directly related to Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance, Elevated Fasting Triglycerides, elevated Blood Pressure and higher Body Mass Index. Upper normal ranges (2.5-4.5) is associated with an unhealthy wellness and metabolic profile.
Many a physician, if fact if not most, take a TSH of 2,0 as normal. But, if your TSH is 2.0 or above and told that is normal, I would NOT accept this as fact, and you should seek a physician who has expertise and history in treating the Thyroid. You can demand that your doctor order the following test to be sure you are within in normal limits: TOTAL T3 AND T4, FREE T4 AND T3, Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase (andti-TPO) and Thyrogloibulin Antibodies (TgAb). Many people are told their TSH levels were normal only to discover that doing more labs such as the ones mentioned above where then diagnosed with HASHIMOTO’S disease, a autoimmune disease of the thyroid.
Do not be sucked into the Sick Model of medicine to become another one of their victims. Your God given right is for you to achieve Optimal Health and Wellness!
Source: Grasanti DC, FMU.com TSH: What Your Doctor Should Know.