Your TSH levels are as important as your blood glucose levels

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Your TSH levels are as important as your blood glucose levels

Your TSH levels are as important as your blood glucose levels

Thyroid and Diabetes
Your TSH levels are as important as your blood glucose levels

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Hypothyroidism

Your TSH levels are as important as your blood glucose levels

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Your TSH levels are as important as your blood glucose levels

If your doctor has asked you to do a thyroid check test, or if you have read up something about thyroid disorders, you may have heard the term ‘TSH.’ This stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.

Did you know that just as it is important to keep a tab on your blood glucose levels to maintain your overall health, you also need to keep your TSH levels within a certain range?

What does the TSH do?

The thyroid stimulating hormone is a type of hormone that is produced by your body. It helps to stimulate your thyroid gland to produce the thyroid hormone.

The thyroid hormone is one of the most important hormones in your body, as it regulates almost all the functions in your body. It is responsible for your overall health, it helps to regulate your weight, it maintains your body temperature, it provides strength in your muscles and it also helps to manage your moods.

When your thyroid hormones are out of balance, your body is not able to function the way it should. In such a case, you may experience mood swings, could have fluctuating changes in your menstrual cycle, such as very heavy and prolonged bleeding or very less or no bleeding, you may have problems in getting pregnant, you may experience sudden gain in weight and find it difficult to lose weight even if you try hard, or suddenly lose a lot of weight and find it difficult to gain weight at all. There are other health complications that could also arise if your thyroid hormone is not within the required range.

Having a TSH test

The test will measure the amount of TSH in your blood and will help to reveal how your thyroid gland is functioning. It can check for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Before you go for the test, it is always advisable to inform your doctor if you have any health condition at the moment and if you are taking any medicines.

There is nothing to worry about the test and there is no special preparation that you have to do. It is a regular blood test in which a professional will take a blood sample. Once your results are back, your doctor will inform you what to do.

If you have had a thyroid surgery

A thyroidectomy is a surgery that is used to remove some parts or all of the thyroid gland. In case you have had it in the past, your body will not be able to produce the thyroid hormone on its own, as it does otherwise. But at the same time, your pituitary gland will still continue to produce the TSH, which means that your TSH levels will be higher than what they should (since your body will not be able to use it the way it is supposed to).

Your doctor will check for the same and may prescribe you some thyroid replacement hormone that can help to replace the thyroid hormones that your body is not producing anymore. Your doctor will also monitor your TSH levels regularly to see whether your medicine or dosage needs to be changed.

TSH levels can go off balance due to a lot of reasons, but testing for it and speaking with your doctor about how to manage it better can definitely help you.

 

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"Before you go for the test, it is always advisable to inform your doctor if you have any health condition at the moment and if you are taking any medicines"

References

  1. Garber et al. ATA/AACE Clinical  practice Guidelines for hypothyroidism in adults. Endocr Pract. 2012;18(6):988-1028