Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Diagnosis
Many people complain about feeling exhausted, stressed, or foggy. But what do these symptoms mean? Even doctors have trouble pinpointing when these symptoms suggest Thyroid Disease, rather than another illness with these same symptoms. Since women are eight times more likely than men to have Thyroid Disease, Dr Oz shared tools you can use to check your own thyroid and seek treatment if needed.
Dr Oz: Normal Thyroid Levels
Doctors often may say that your Thyroid levels are within a normal range. This refers to TSH, the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, which is checked in blood tests. But Dr Oz said that “normal” is a broad range, and it’s no more useful than discussing an average shoe size. If yours it out of whack for your body, it is not going to work.
That is why you may not feel right, even if your TSH level is in between the so-called normal range of 0.5 to 4.5. Dr Oz said that symptoms are more important in tracking Thyroid Disease than this one test result.
Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Self-Assessment Symptoms
Dr Susan Blum joined the conversation to add that doctors can miss Thyroid Disease, because they have not been taught to consider the nuances of the gland. Instead, they are trained to see it as sick or healthy, with no in between. If that sounds frustrating to you, try this Thyroid Disease Checklist to self-assess your own health.
- Unexplained Weight Gain – Putting on more than 10 pounds over three months
- Brain Fog – You may feel like you have a hangover, even if you have not been drinking, and this could last for three months or more
- Fatigue – Do you regularly feel like you have 50% of the energy you think you should?
- Constipation – If you are not having regular daily bowel movements, especially if you have fiber in your diet, this is a warning sign
- Always Feeling Cold – Try taking your temperature first thing in the morning, daily for five days. If it is below 98 degrees each day, your Thyroid may be lagging
Dr Oz: Thyroid Natural Remedies
If you have three or more of the symptoms on the self-assessment listed above, have a doctor check your Thyroid levels. Dr Blum said there is a gray zone for TSH levels between 3-4.5, where you may not necessarily need medication, but you can take advantage of some natural remedies to try to boost your Thyroid health.
- A daily dose of two to three grams of Ashwagandha Supplement
- Brazil Nuts, which contain Selenium
- Iodized Salt, for its iodine content
- Sunflower Seeds, which contain Zinc
Though you might not notice instant results or changes, you will get the benefits for your Thyroid over time.