Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic
Thyroid Function and Estrogen
About 5% of the United States population suffers from hypothyroidism, that is and under functioning thyroid. (Golden SH, Robinson KA, Saldanha I, Anton B, Ladenson PW. Prevalence and incidence of endocrine and metabolic disorders in the United States: a comprehensive review. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2009;94(6):1853–1878.).
Your thyroid is responsible for metabolism and can affect weight, body temperature, energy levels and much much more. The problem however, is many health care facility only look at the thyroid or chemicals that go to the thyroid to make clinical decisions about the health of your thyroid.
Often, the only marker tested is TSH. TSH stands for Thyroid Stimulating hormone. Before we go into why this is problematic, lets explain how the thyroid works.
Signals in the hypothalamus receive information on general metabolism and levels of T3 and T4 in our system. T3 and T4 are the chemicals released by the thyroid to regulate metabolism. Based on this information, the hypothalamus will release the appropriate amount of TSH into the blood stream. This signals the thyroid to produce T3 and T4. Incidentally iodine is by the Thyroid to make T3 and T4. T3 and T4 then bind to receptor sites on the cells of our body which cause long chain amino acids, mostly Tyrosine, to regulate cellular metabolism. Ok – for you physiologists reading this, I know, it’s way more complicated than this but I’m trying to keep it simple.
So lets go over some potential pitfalls with just measuring TSH levels. So what if your TSH levels are low but your T3 and T4 levels are high? This means that we don’t need to release T3 and T4, which mean the low TSH levels are correct. So the thyroid IS functioning properly. What if TSH is high and T3 and T4 levels are high? This is a problem because we don’t need any more T3 and T4 and yet the thyroid is being told to make more.
Estrogen also binds to thyroid receptors on the cell so if a person has high estrogen levels, it can interfere with thyroid function. Now if TSH his low and T3 and T4 levels are through the roof – this could mean the thyroid is being affected by a serious disease process.
Metabolism, thyroid and adrenal function are very tightly intertwined. It is very difficult to determine the true root of the problem without looking at all three.
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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.