Thyroid peroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies tests are the best that can be done so far. What makes them instrumental is their ability to reveal abnormal thyroid behavior 10 -15 years before one’s TSH levels start to fluctuate. The normal TPO and TG antibodies reading should be under 35 and 20 respectively. To avoid a life in which one is under heavy medication, they should try as much as possible to detect such antibodies early enough by regularly going for thyroid antibodies tests.
Free T3 and T4 tests
T3 and T4 are thyroid hormones. Tests can reveal their level but this is subject to the lab one visits. Still, there is a normal reading above or below which can be used to diagnose thyroid disorders.
Reverse T3 test can be used to sufficiently diagnose an underactive thyroid. After going for such a test, one should ask for a copy of the results and do their own analysis of what they think caused their condition.
How to react to an abnormal range
The first step for people with Hashimoto’s is to embark on a gluten free diet. It has been proven that people with Celiac disease can counter the effects of Hashimoto’s by completely avoiding gluten intake. Nonetheless, not everyone will witness such results.
Molecular mimicry concepts explain the relation between gluten and the thyroid. The immune system is fabricated to attack anything that does not conform to the protein sequence of the body. The protein sequence in gluten resembles that of the thyroid gland and can explain why antibodies are made against both.
Diagnosis of Hashimoto’s
Accurate diagnosis can take as long as 10 -20 years to be made. Postpartum is a means of diagnosing thyroid disease or Hashimoto’s. However, it can also lead to postpartum psychosis or postpartum depression which also increase thyroid antibodies.
People should do their own research on management of thyroid disorders and Hashimoto’s to achieve the results they desire much easily.