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Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Hypothyroid Patients: Symptoms + Treatment

Whenever I think about things that thyroid patients can do to potentially improve their health, supplementing with vitamin B12 immediately comes to mind. 

Why?

Because there are not very many easy "wins" for thyroid patients. 

Many of the therapies required to improve your overall thyroid status may require a prescription from your doctor. 

And, as you probably already know, getting your doctor to prescribe certain types of thyroid medications can be difficult! 

The good news is, though, that there are still several things that you can do to improve how you are feeling overall and addressing your Vitamin B12 status is one of those. 

Unfortunately, this particular issue is filled with some pitfalls which can limit how good you feel if you aren't taking the right type of B12, your dose is off, or if you have certain genetic issues. 

Let's dive into these issues so you can get a clear picture of how B12 deficiency impacts both your body and your thyroid. 

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How Many Calories Should You Eat with Hypothyroidism?

Calories are an important part of maintaining your weight, but they aren't nearly as important as you think if you have thyroid-related problems. 

Thyroid patients should consider themselves in a unique category which means they must understand how their thyroid functions which will then allow them to understand how various diets impact their weight. 

Let's discuss how calories impact your weight, your thyroid, and how you can really lose weight. 

Article highlights:

  • Calorie restriction (or counting calories) can negatively harm your thyroid and ultimately lead to weight gain, even if it works temporarily. 
  • Weight gain in hypothyroidism is driven by your hormones and not by calories. 
  • You should match your calorie consumption to your metabolic rate (and to do that you must rely upon your appetite). 
  • There are certain conditions which confuse your appetite and must be treated for long-lasting weight loss.
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Can You Get Everything You Need from a Thyroid Multivitamin?

Multivitamins boast an array of vitamins and nutrients which the body needs. 

But are these the same nutrients that your thyroid needs?

Remember:

Your thyroid has special needs compared to other cells in your body and is exquisitely sensitive to certain nutrient deficiencies which can render it less efficient than it should be. 

In this article, you'll learn which nutrients your thyroid needs, how to support your thyroid gland with a thyroid multivitamin, if you should use one, and how to find the right one for your body

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How to use The Total T3 Lab Test to Help Evaluate your Thyroid

Total T3 is one of many thyroid lab tests but it's one that not many patients are aware of. 

I've been successfully using total T3 in many patients and I feel that it is an invaluable tool to help you completely understand how your body is utilizing thyroid hormone. 

Article highlights:

  • Total T3 is a measurement of both free and bound T3 in your body. 
  • T3 is the single most important thyroid lab test you can order because T3 is the most important thyroid hormone. 
  • Optimizing your T3 may help you feel better, lose weight, and reduce your symptoms of hypothyroidism.
  • You should optimize your total T3 to the top 30% of the reference range but be cautious of making it go higher.
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Armour Thyroid Dosage Guide: Are you Taking Enough?

Are you currently taking Armour thyroid but not sure that your dose is where it should be?

Are you still struggling with fatigue, weight gain, or hair loss even after transitioning from levothyroxine to Armour?

Are you thinking about switching medications but not sure if Armour is right for you? 

If so, this article is for you. 

Article highlights:

  • Armour thyroid dosing is highly individualized and each person will need a different dose. 
  • Several factors influence the dose that you will need. 
  • The average dose is somewhere between 60 mg (1 grain) and 120mg (2 grains) per day. 
  • Sensitive individuals will need doses smaller than 60mg while resistant individuals may need a dose higher than 120mg. 
  • The best way to find your optimal dose is through lab testing and closely following your symptoms. 
  • Many patients are underdosed when converting to Armour thyroid from other thyroid medications.
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Why the TSH isn’t the Best Test for Evaluating Your Thyroid

If you've been on my website before, or if you've read my blog, then you know that one of my major goals is to try and change how doctors think about treating thyroid-related issues. 

My personal belief is that patients do not benefit from the archaic treatment paradigm which focuses solely on the TSH. 

Today I want to dig into that topic a little bit further and talk about how doctors look at the TSH, what it actually means, and why we treat the thyroid differently from all other hormone systems in the body. 

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Can you Stop Taking Thyroid Medication Once You Start?

Thyroid medication (Synthroid) is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. 

But do all of those people who take Synthroid (or any other type of thyroid medication) have to do it forever?

Not necessarily, and that's something I want to explore in this article. 

Article highlights:

  • People start taking thyroid medication because of blood tests, but these blood tests are not 100% accurate. 
  • Some people who start taking thyroid medication may be able to eventually wean themselves off. 
  • Doctors aren't likely to make this suggestion, though, unless you bring it up. 
  • Some individuals may require thyroid medication for the rest of their lives (but not everyone). 
  • If you decide to try and get off thyroid medication you must do it slowly and controlled.
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Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe if you have Thyroid Problems?

If you have thyroid problems and you are considering the ketogenic diet then this it the article for you. 

In it, we are going to explore why the ketogenic diet may potentially be harmful to your thyroid, how it may potentially help your overall situation, and how to determine if it's right for you. 

Highlights from the article:

  • The ketogenic diet may help with weight loss but it may not be safe for your thyroid. 
  • Whether or not the ketogenic diet will negatively impact your thyroid depends on a number of factors. 
  • Weight loss may help improve your thyroid through weight loss and improving leptin sensitivity. 
  • It may damage your thyroid through suppressing your free thyroid hormone levels and increasing your TSH. 
  • Be cautious if you decide to use this diet and check your thyroid lab tests regularly or about every 6 weeks.
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Tirosint-Sol: A Brand New Thyroid Medication (Should you give it a try?)

Tirosint-Sol is a new thyroid medication which was recently released in the United States to treat hypothyroidism. 

And it is now the 'cleanest' thyroid medication on the market today!

There are a great many benefits to this medication (1) that I want to explore with you in this article. 

I fear that the benefits of this new medication may be understated by doctors who don't understand that so many people have problems with thyroid medication absorption. 

So let this article be a guide to help you understand the issues with other thyroid medications and why Tirosint-Sol can be a great asset to many thyroid patients. 

Disclaimer: While I am writing about the benefits of Tirosint-Sol I have NO affiliation with the pharmaceutical company who produces or manufactures this medication. All of the opinions you see here are mine. All financial interests between doctors and pharmaceutical companies are made public and you can confirm that I have no affiliation with them in any way through public forms. I actually believe that this medication can provide a great benefit to many thyroid patients which is why I am sharing this information. 

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Hypothyroid vs Hashimoto’s: What’s the difference?

Are you suffering from Hashimoto's or hypothyroidism?

Do you completely understand what these conditions mean and how they impact your body?

Did you know that these conditions are different and may require different treatments?

In this article, I'm going to explain the difference between these two conditions and discuss why it's important to know what is happening in your body. 

Highlights from the article:

  • Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis are similar but not the exact same.
  • Hypothyroidism is a broad term used to describe a state of low thyroid function in the body. Some patients with Hashimoto's may also have hypothyroidism, but having Hashimoto's does not guarantee that you will be hypothyroid. 
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease and may be associated with episodes of hyperthyroidism, normal thyroid function, and hypothyroidism. 
  • Both conditions are treated differently so it's important to know which condition you have!
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