If your TSH is high or abnormal, it could mean your thyroid isn't functioning well and your body is trying to release more TSH to tell your thyroid to get moving. Many experts consider the normal range for TSH to be from 0.5 to 5 m IU/L, so if your test results come back within this window, your doc might not suggest treatment.
Other experts, typically integrative or holistic-minded physicians, might consider treatment if your levels are technically in the normal range (say, 2.5 to 4 m IU/L) but you're experiencing symptoms.
From there, you may be referred to an endocrinologist if necessary.
Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day may have a positive impact on T3 levels, perhaps by increasing levels of insulin, which helps the body turn T4 into T3, suggests new research from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Often the symptoms mimic signs of other issues like depression and menopause.
That's why it's important for doctors to look at everything—test results, symptoms, and risk factors—in context rather than as stand-alone issues, says Melinda Ring, M.
Most patients notice a difference in how they feel within a month.
Although the medication is safe, you need to take it at the same time every morning on an empty stomach, an hour before eating.
"Thyroid hormones affect nearly every organ and process in the body," says Angela Leung, M.
D., assistant clinical professor of medicine in UCLA's Division of Endocrinology.