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TSH Levels During Pregnancy: What’s Healthy & Normal?

Pregnancy puts extra strain on thyroid function. 

This is especially true if you suffer from thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's. 

If you fit into this category then you should pay special attention to your thyroid numbers while you are pregnant. 

This article is devoted to that topic. 

I want to share with you the importance of understanding your TSH level during pregnancy, why it is different from non-pregnant women, and what factors influence it. 

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Can Hypothyroidism Cause High Blood Sugar?

The answer is yes!

But what I find in most patients is that the primary cause of high blood sugar is typically not the thyroid (although it certainly can contribute). 

Instead, there are several other conditions such as the amount of stress that you are under, what type and how much thyroid medication you are taking, the foods that you are eating, and more. 

In this article, we are going to discuss the nuances of managing high blood sugar if you have hypothyroidism and include some takeaway therapies as well

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Does Taking Thyroid Medication Cause High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

Thyroid hormone absolutely does impact both your blood pressure and heart rate. 

But what are you supposed to do if you feel good on your thyroid medication but you still have high blood pressure?

How can you manage high blood pressure on medications like Cytomel, liothyronine or Armour thyroid (which are actually amazing for thyroid patients)?

If you are experiencing high blood pressure while taking thyroid medication then this article is for you

Your goal, as a thyroid patient, should be to have a blood pressure which is no higher than 120 over 80 mmHg (1). 

Let's talk about the changes you can make to your medication to normalize your blood pressure. 

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Is it Possible to get Pregnant with Thyroid Problems?

It is definitely possible to get pregnant if you have thyroid problems. 

But, having said that, it doesn't mean that it is easy. 

The presence of thyroid dysfunction will not only make it more difficult to conceive, but it may also put your baby at increased risk of certain complications. 

In this article you will learn more about the connection between your thyroid and pregnancy, how your thyroid influences your sex hormones, what happens if you get pregnant while on thyroid medication, and how to treat your thyroid naturally

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Can Thyroid Problems Cause Eyebrow Hair Loss?

Does thyroid disease lead to eyebrow hair loss?

The answer is definitely yes. 

If you have thyroid problems (such as hypothyroidism) then chances are high that you might also be suffering from eyebrow hair loss. 

One big issue with eyebrow hair loss is that this symptom can persist even though you are taking thyroid medication!

With that in mind, I want to talk about the reasons that thyroid causes eyebrow hair loss and, more importantly, what you can do about it. 

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How Long Does it Take Thyroid Medication to Work?

Have you recently started taking thyroid medication?

Are you still waiting for it to kick in?

If so, then this is the article for you. 

The short answer to your question is that it takes around 6 weeks for thyroid medication to kick in and for you to start feeling better. 

The long answer is that it can be shorter than that or even longer depending on several factors. 

Learn more about what factors influence how quickly you will feel better, what things can be sabotaging your medication from working, and how long it will take you to lose weight

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NP Thyroid vs Armour Thyroid: What’s the Difference?

NP Thyroid is a thyroid medication which is similar but slightly different than Armour thyroid. 

Will switching from Armour to NP make a difference in your body? Will it help with weight loss? Will it prevent hair loss?

The answer is maybe and it has to do with the difference between these medications. 

The difference is not big, but sometimes a small difference can manifest as a large change in your symptoms.

This article will help you decide whether or not you should switch medications. 

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Can You Live Without a Thyroid? What to Expect After Surgery or RAI

Your thyroid gland produces some of the most important hormones in your entire body. 

But what happens if you have your thyroid removed? Or destroyed?

Are you able to survive?

The answer is yes and it has to do with the fact that thyroid medication contains the same hormones that your body produces naturally. 

The only problem is that once your thyroid is removed or destroyed, you will be required to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life. 

In addition, it can be difficult to optimize your medication to try and mimic what your thyroid gland would produce naturally. 

In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of thyroid hormone, what happens if you have your thyroid removed (or destroyed), the side effects you may experience, and how to optimize your medication afterward. 

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Thyroid Supplements for Weight Loss: Do They Actually Work?

Is it possible to take supplements to help you lose weight if you have thyroid disease?

Do they actually work? Or will they not work because of your condition?

I've treated thousands of patients with thyroid disease and I can tell you that while some supplements may help with weight loss they are probably not the weight loss cure you are searching for. 

Don't get me wrong, though. 

Certain supplements may be able to promote weight loss if combined with other therapies (we will talk more about those below). 

But you'll want to avoid those gimmicky weight loss supplements as they can often cause more harm than good - you know the ones that I'm talking about. 

They often sound too good to be true. 

In this article, I'm going to dive into weight loss supplements that actually work for thyroid patients, which supplements you should avoid, and why thyroid patients dealing with weight problems, to begin with. 

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Can Hypothyroidism Be Cured Permanently? 3 Treatments Which Help

Almost everyone with hypothyroidism will wonder at some point in time whether or not their condition is curable. 

What do I mean by curable?

I mean that the condition can be treated to the point that it completely disappears and you are back to normal. 

Can this actually happen?

The short answer is maybe. 

The long answer is probably not, but it depends on what actually causes it. 

If you have hypothyroidism, and you want to potentially reverse your condition, then this article will give you all of the information you need. We will discuss when it is possible to cure hypothyroidism, when it isn't, and other helpful information

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