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What is Your Optimal TSH?

Mary Shomon runs the top thyroid web site on the net. She has also written a great book on the subject. Today she posted a finding from the 2004 European Thyroid Association Annual Meeting. TSH levels are the gold standard in diagnosing hypothyroidism. Many do not know that hypothyroidism is associated with an increase in cardiac risk factors such as plasma homocysteine, C-reactive protein (CRP), and cholestrol levels. The researchers looked at the relationship between TSH suppression and these risk factors and found that normalizing the TSH with a target TSH level of less than 2 mIU/mL is advisable to lower CRP levels and homocysteine levels, and possibly the cholesterol levels.

However, many conventional doctors make the mistake of using TSH exclusively to guide the dosage of thyroid replacement therapy. That just doesn't work as one needs Free T3 and Free T4 levels to do this. You can see my article on how to diagnose and treat thyroid disease for more details.

Mary Shomon September 30 ,2004

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