Subclinical hypothyroidism, also called low thyroid or hypothyroidism is diagnosed when thyroid hormone levels are with normal reference range but TSH is mildly elevated.
If the hypothalamus is getting a poor sampling of thyroid hormones in the blood, messages are sent hormonally in the blood to the pituitary that the thyroid isn’t doing its job. The pituitary will pump out extra TSH, giving the thyroid notice to produce more thyroid hormones. Primary Hypothyroidism is a true thyroid dysfunction and is the only pattern that can be effectively managed through thyroid replacement hormones or short-term dosage of iodine supplementation.
Thyroid disorders are more common among women than men. Dr. David Peterson at Wellness Alternatives says,
“Sex dependent hormonal fluctuations occur in women due to pregnancy, menopause, contraceptive use, and hormonal replacement therapy. Because hormone surges can occur, these contributing factors make women 7 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition than men. The body can interpret a hormone surge as an alarm to turn on or off other important signaling in the body that can lead to faulty thyroid function.”David Peterson, DC
- Early or Subclinical Hypothyroidism is the only time to use Iodine or Selenium to restore normal Thyroid Function.
- Primary Hypothyroidism is a thyroid treatable condition.
If the only lab tests run are only thyroid markers. There is no way anything other contributors to “low thyroid” symptoms can be considered.
Other Causes of Subclinical Hypothyroidism
Other causes of borderline hypothyroidism include mild thyroid failure due to thyroid surgery, previous radio iodine therapy and external radiation therapy as well as temporary subclinical hypothyroidism after pregnancy or silent and subacute thyroiditis.