High TSH Levels are a somewhat common problem (about 1 in 7 older adults have it). TSH stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. Though this may seem counterintuitive, high TSH levels are a symptom of an underactive thyroid. This is hypothyroidism. When your thyroid is underactive, this means everything that the thyroid controls is not working. Some symptoms include weight gain, depression, fatigue, dry skin, constipation, and muscle weakness.
Should you be worried about your elevated TSH levels? Well, these levels might indicate Hashimato’s thyroiditis, the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism isn’t life-threatening, but it may become increasingly problematic over time. Therefore I would recommend that you fix the problem as soon as you can.
Some common thyroid medications for Hashimoto’s include Synthroid or Armour. These medications may save your life if your thyroid conditions are extreme. However, if your symptoms are bearable you might want to use dietary interventions or a treatment known as Low-dose Naltrexone. Low-dose Naltrexone will balance out your immune system and seems like a revolutionary new medication with great results. It is FDA approved and can definitely help you in a very low dose.
Some side effects of Synthroid and Armour include sleeplessness, fever, weight loss, diarrhea, and vomiting. Remember you need your doctor to prescribe these medications for you so make sure you talk to your doctor before trying these drugs. I’d recommend that you try this medication, but if you find that it is not working, I’d recommend that you try Low-dose Naltrexone.
Some dietary interventions include blood sugar interventions. Both high blood sugar and low blood sugar affect your thyroid negatively. This means you should keep your sugary foods down to a minimum at around 50-100g a day. Also, try and keep your sugars mainly composed of glucose instead of fructose. This is because fructose causes insulin resistance, I wrote extensively on this sugar topic here . Also, try to keep your gut healthy also by eating probiotic foods and decreasing toxic food intake. The Paleo Diet is a great intervention for this. The Paleo Diet is probably the greatest thing you can do in your health and I strongly recommend this diet for those of you that are suffering. Though these dietary interventions may not fully heal your hypothyroidism, dietary interventions will most likely greatly improve your conditions so I highly recommend it.