Hyperthyroid leads to calcium depletion and such cardiovascular events as heart attack, atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.
The treatment you get in mainstream medicine is irradiation with a lifetime of Synthroid (leading to osteoporosis).
Never or rarely do you learn that you can recover the function of your hyperthyroid condition with natural therapies.
On the other end of the scale there are hypothyroid conditions. I am always educating people about the need for this test panel. And boy do I get a tough time from those knowing little about the thyroid.
You need at least a TSH, Free T3 and Free T4. Most times mainstream medicine folks give you a TSH. Or maybe you can get lucky with a FT4 and TSH. You get told the health care provider can "infer" the FT3 from the TSH and FT4. For my money, I don't want to infer or have anyone else infer anything about my health.
FT4 converts to FT3 and there can be issues in the conversion process.
Also make sure your lab and health care provider so know that the current TSH range of 0.3 to 3.2 has been re-established at 0.4-2.5 by the most erudite clinicians . It is usually considered to be best at about 1.5-2. The TSH should not be 8 or 5.
Sometimes a reverse T3 is important because it can indicate immune disorders.
There is other help beside Synthroid. I like Armour Natural Thyroid or Biothroid. Some people need Cytomel, which is T3. T3 can be obtained at a compounding pharmacy, another reason to tell Congress to lay their hands off these good resources.
And low functioning thyroid can he helped with natural treatment using herbs, homeopathy or supplements, and improving nutrition.
Also not to be overlooked is the interplay between thyroid function and diabetes.
Silent thyroid dysfunction has risks: study Fri May 23, 2008
People who have an underactive or overactive thyroid without symptoms appear to have a modestly increased risk of heart disease.
The data suggest that silent or "subclinical" thyroid dysfunction "might represent a potentially modifiable -- albeit modest -- risk factor for coronary heart disease and mortality," Dr. Nicholas Rodondi, from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and colleagues wrote in a report.
Their findings are based on pooled data from 12 studies identified through a search of MEDLINE (1950 to 2008). Ten of the studies involved population-based groups that included 14,449 subjects.
All of the population-based studies examined the impact of subclinical hypothyroidism on heart disease and mortality, whereas only five looked at the effect of subclinical hyperthyroidism, the report indicates.
The likelihood of coronary heart disease, heart-related death, and death from any cause was higher by 20 percent, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively, in subjects with an underactive thyroid without symptoms -- also referred to as subclinical hypothyroidism.
People with an overactive thyroid but without symptoms (i.e., silent hyperthyroidism) had a 21 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent greater odds, respectively, of heart disease, heart-related death, and death from any cause.
Rodondi and colleagues say studies are needed to determine the impact of treating these two conditions on heart disease risk.
SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, online May 20.
Copyright © 2008 Reuters Limited.