The Thyroid Basic Panel may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of either thyroid replacement therapy or evaluate thyroid suppression therapy. A decrease in the amount of thyroid hormone can cause symptoms similar to depression. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, iodine, tyrosine, manganese as well as decreased levels of Vitamin A & D. Thyroid function is also affected by stress, environmental toxins such as pesticides and PCB’s. Thyroid function is also dependent on adequate levels of Progesterone and Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG).

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

Something To Consider:

When evaluating thyroid function, it is important to look for the presence of thyroid autoantibodies. The presence of thyroid autoantibodies may lead to the destruction of the thyroid gland. Autoantibodies are more likely to appear after trauma to, or inflammation of, the thyroid gland. The two most common antibodies are Thyroid Autoantibodies (TAA) and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO ab). There is an established relationship between gluten sensitivity and Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies. Each of these tests may be ordered separately. For more information on  thyroid antibodies, please refer to the Individual Lab section of My Labs For Life.