Here are some highlight from the lecture:
- On statins (cholesterol lowering medications) and antidepressants, the insert of these medications suggest that thyroid evaluation should be done before taking medication. Although doctors routinely treat high cholesterol and depression with these cholesterol lowering medications and antidepressants a thorough thyroid evaluation should be done first.
- TSH- level should be between .3 and 3.0
- Free T4-storage thyroid hormone (the "cake mix"--needs to be activated or baked ie turned into T3) level should be ABOVE the 50% of normal (if range is 1-10 level should be 5)
- Free T3- actual thyroid hormone that can be used by body. Level should be ABOVE 75% of normal range (if normal is 1-10 then you should be 7.5 or above)
- Thyroid Antibodies - proteins that attack the thyroid gland
- Reverse T3 - measuring sidelined T3 that is unavailable to body
- Ferritin - stored form of iron (normal range is 20-100 but optimal is 60 or 80 if you need to lose weight)
- Vitamin D - normal range is 20-100 but want to see 60 0r 80 for women who want to lose weight. Get blood level to determine supplementation for this critical hormone. Some doctors suggest 5,000 a day for people whose blood levels are low. There is a once a week prescription for people who levels don't respond to daily supplementation of 50,000 iu per week. Ask your doctor about this. Watch CBS News Watch about the importance of vitamin D.
For perimenopause/menopause symptoms:
- Synthetic hormones should be avoided.
- Bio-identical hormones should be LAST RESORT and transdermal are safest.
- ALL HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION has risks associated with it.
- Royal Maca root from Whole World Botanicals which is a whole food supplement. <--only use Maca from this company because it needs to be cooked and processed properly.
- 3 mg of Pierpaoli melatonin at 11 pm (can start with health food dosage of .5 mg and build up to make sure that you tolerate melatonin before you invest in this supplement.)