About The Test
Analysis of 2 essential biomarkers
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) & Free T4 (Thyroxine)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone *(*TSH) – to test for hypothyroidism (In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland fails to produce enough of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (also called T4), and hyperthyroidism, to screen for secondary hypothyroidism (caused by the pituitary not secreting enough TSH), and to monitor treatment with thyroid hormone tablets.
- Free T4 – to test for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Interpretation of Results
If your thyroid is overactive the FT4 will usually be raised and the TSH low. If it is underactive the FT4 will usually be low and the TSH will be raised.
Should You Be Tested?
if you have symptoms suggestive of hypothyroidism, this is when the gland is underactive and makes too little hormone. This causes your metabolism to slow down, and your thyroid may not function normally.
This process may lead to various symptoms, including weight gain, fatigue, depression, dry skin, brain fog, cold intolerance, muscle cramps, and constipation. In addition, without treatment, a goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland) may develop. Other complications can also develop.
if you have elevated cholesterol levels, or if you just want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to reduce your cardiac risk.