I wonder how many people actually know where their thyroid glands are
I’ve heard it over and over again over the years from so many well-meaning people, especially women, who have struggled to get their weight under control: ” I just can’t seem to lose any weight at all, so it must be my thyroid.” The frustration of doing everything right you can possibly do to produce weight loss only to have it fall flat on its face can make you assume that there is something wrong with your thyroid. And, quite frankly, many times that is indeed the case. But rather than assuming it’s your thyroid rather than something else, the best way to find out for sure is to have your thyroid function tested.
I recently blogged about my personal battle with a slight weight regain that has me taking on the task of shedding 50 pounds that have come on me over the past couple of years. It began with a sudden 30-pound rise in 2008 and then another 20 pounds came on in 2009. If you will visit my daily menus blog then you will see the strategy that I’m using to bring that weight back under control. In less than two weeks on this new plan, I’ve already dropped over 10 pounds. So I’m well on my way and am hopeful that it will continue to progress downward.
Even still, I wondered in the back of my mind whether my struggle with this weight had anything to do with my thyroid function. After all, it is a possibility and it’s always better to eliminate as many things as possible so that the ultimate culprit will eventually be found. That’s why I turned to a cardiologist physician friend of mine named Dr. William Davis from “The Heart Scan Blog.” His mission at Track Your Plaque is heart disease prevention and reversal by providing some simple and affordable at-home blood tests for people who are interested in having various health markers tested including 25-hydroxy vitamin D, C-Reactive protein levels to measure inflammation, cardiometabolic testing to track your lipid panel and A1c levels and so much more! The one that I wanted to check out the most was the Complete Thyroid Profile Home Blood Test Kit.
When I got the kit in the mail, I was excited to prick myself (I know that sounds sadistic, but I was anxious to get the results), put a few drops of blood on the card and mail it in. And I must say I was quite impressed with how quickly the kit arrived at my doorstep after placing the order. As soon as you checkout, the process kicks into high gear and within just a few short days you’ll have everything you need to have a full thyroid panel run. Dr. Davis says this test has been “yielding excellent values that correspond very closely to full blood draw assessments.” This is good news for people who don’t have medical insurance that pays for this test to be done. Now they can!
The kit itself has everything you need to provide the technicians with enough blood to give you optimal results: instruction manual, alcohol swabs, gauze sponges, lancets, blood spot card, bandage, and a 2nd Day Air label with envelope to mail back the blood test. Everything was packaged very well in a nice concise container that is used to house the blood spot card and test requisition in the envelope back to the ZRT Laboratory in Beaverton, Oregon.
The test requisition gives the lab some basic information about you and asks about any symptoms that you may have been experiencing to warrant this blood test. It’s just about anything and everything under the sun dealing with a wide variety of health conditions that you answer on a scale using the bubble format based on your own individual results. I assumed they had a computer that spits out an analysis of your answers to include with your blood test results.
Now, about that blood draw. As you can see from the photo above, there were 12 circles that needed to be filled with enough blood for the tests to be run. If you provide too little blood, there would be delays in receiving your results. So I pricked and squeezed and filled as much as I could out of each finger until I filled up all of those circles with blood. It took me over half an hour to do this with about 15 sticks, but my blood was running slow that day. Yes, I rubbed my hands together, put them under warm water, did jumping jacks to get my blood flowing and it still wouldn’t go any faster. But as we say in the South, I got ‘er done and off in the mail!
It took a couple of weeks for the results to arrive, but I was anxious to see them:
As you can see my Free T4 level is at 1.4 which is in the range of 0.7-2.5ng/dL, my Free T3 is 4.6 within the range of 2.5-6.5pg/ml, my TSH lands at 1.3 falling easily within the 0.5-3.0uU/ml, and finally my TPO was just 6 on a scale of 0-150IU/ml. Now that I’ve got your head spinning wondering what the heck all of this means, I decided to take these numbers directly to Dr. Davis for somewhat of an interpretation. Sure, they all came back within a “normal” range, but does that mean my thyroid is okay?
After sharing my results with him, Dr. Davis jokingly stated, “I’ve got bad news: Your thyroid is normal.” He explained that had my number truly been out of range, then correcting a low thyroid function “can really, really jump start weight loss or at least make it far easier.” However, my results showed just the opposite. Noting that my thyroid panel is “exceptionally normal” explaining that my Free T3 and Free T4 levels fall within the upper half of the normal range and my TSH near 1.0. Additionally, the paltry TPO of just 6 is outstanding “since it represents the level of antibody attacking your thyroid.” He added, “Thyroid values this good are actually fairly uncommon.” WOW! In the case of Jimmy Moore dealing with a slight weight gain issue, it most certainly is NOT a thyroid problem. And that’s good to know!
If you suspect that you might be dealing with a thyroid issue and want to get it checked out, then I highly recommend Dr. Davis’ Complete Thyroid Profile Home Blood Test Kit to see where you stand. Don’t just assume you have poor thyroid function anymore…find out for sure! Special THANK YOU to Dr. William Davis for donating one of these test kits for me to try for myself and for providing such an outstanding service for people seeking to be healthy.
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