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How to Diagnose Hypothyroidism

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 03:05 PM

Hypothyroidism, a common thyroid problem, can be diagnosed by a general practitioner. The most important way to diagnose this disorder is to watch out for the signs and symptoms involved. Symptoms such as sudden weight gain and oversleeping may indicate an underactive thyroid. Conversely, unexplained weight loss may indicate an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. Low thyroid may be treated with the help of synthetic or animal synthesized hormones.

Thyroid diagnosis may be done by the following thyroid tests:

1. Total T4: Hypothyroidism may be confirmed if one has a low total T4 level along with an elevated TSH level.
2. T3 Uptake: Elevated TSH levels along with a low level of T3 are indicative of hypothyroidism.
3. FTI or Free Thyroxine Index: A low FTI level accompanied by an elevated TSH level indicates hypothyroidism.

Presently, most common tests to diagnose hypothyroidism are T3, T4, and TSH tests. These blood tests detect the amount of thyroid hormones in your body and indicate whether you will need artificial thyroid hormones as a treatment option.

Other ways to diagnose thyroid problems is to check the basal body temperature and free thyroid hormone levels.

For more information about hypothyroidism, see below:

Hypothyroidism: Top 5 Symptoms

Hypothyroidism: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Hypothyroidism: Top Natural Supplements for Treatment

Hypothyroidism: How Your Diet Plays a Role

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