Science admits normal TSH doesn’t resolve hypothyroidism in Hashimoto’s

A study published early this year in the February issue of Thyroid found that Hashimoto’s can cause thyroid symptoms and decrease quality of life even when TSH is normal.

Patients have been saying this all along

For years thyroid patients have desperately been trying to convince their doctors of this. It is frustrating that patients’ pleas for understanding have been dismissed with prescriptions for more drugs, such as Prozac for depression, or admonishment for “making things up.”

However it’s good news that this very important topic has finally entered the scientific arena. Normalizing TSH with thyroid hormones in no way guarantees a fix when an unmanaged autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, is causing symptoms—it’s an immune issue, not a thyroid issue.

I know you have already been seen by a doctor and are most likely on some form of thyroid hormone medication. What I want to know in my San Diego clinic or with you over the phone is what is driving your hypothyroidism? If you have Hashimoto’s, what is driving that? Is it hypoglycemia or insulin resistance? Are you eating gluten? What do your other hormones look like? Are you dealing with chronic inflammation?

Once we figure out what is triggering your autoimmune condition, or any other imbalance causing low thyroid function, then we can address the true cause. Many patients are then able to reduce their thyroid hormone. Some even are able to give it up completely.

Dr. Joni Labbe

About Dr. Joni Labbe

Dr. Joni Labbe is a board-certified clinical nutritionist specializing in science-based nutrition with a focus on women's health issues. She has successfully helped pre-menopausal and menopausal women regain and maintain their health since 1995. Dr. Labbe is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Thyroid & Menopause Madness and It’s Not Just Menopause: It’s Your Thyroid. She is also a professional speaker, radio personality, fitness expert, and former host of “Healthier Way With Dr. Labbe.” Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Labbe has also authored numerous articles and blogs on health, nutrition, and thyroid health, as seen in Naturally Savvy, Thyroid Nation, and Fox News. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionalist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and has post graduate training in Functional Neurology, Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, and earned a Diplomate and Fellow in Nutrition from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

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