Thyroid TSH value is 8.6

Hai, I am sixty years old and diabetic for 23 years. Last two months, I have been taking lots of millet diet, brown rice and LW preparations. Also cut down my carbs significantly. Everyday 45 minutes walking.My BS has come down to normal level, so as the HbA1c to 6.7

But my Thyroid TSH has gone up to 8.6 and it was 0.5 exactly two months before,that is before starting the millet, brown rice and LW diet.

Is this TSH elevation, anything to do with my present diet?

Can you please share your experience?

Thanks.

( also my weight is reduced by 1 kilo in 2 months and BMI is 21)

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  • How many grammes of carbohydrate do you eat per day now? I ask because millet, brown rice and long wheat are all high in carbohydrate, yet you say you "have been taking lots". You may have changed what carbs you eat, but unless you appreciate the quantity of carbohydrate in foods that you eat you can't really say how much you've reduced them by.

    Your HbA1c is still not good.

  • I don't know how to quantify the grams of carbohydrate. Let me elaborate.

    What I meant "lots"is, in a day I take either one and half slices of multigrain bread or 50 gms of millet sevai or one or two small LW Adai for breakfast. Sometimes oats with flaxseed, nuts and egg white.

    Rice Idli and dosa totally stopped.

    For lunch 50 gms of brown rice starch removed with vegetables or millet Pongal or millet idles. Either one of them.

    For dinner always two small phulka chappathies with vegetables.

    What I wanted to say is that White rice and other high GI carbs reduced substantially by substituting with "lots" of millet,LS and brown rice diet.

    My qty of millet, brown rice and LW food are very much controlled.

    Also I am on diabetic medication and regular walker.

    I don't know what made my TSH to go up?

    Sorry for the confusion.

  • The glycemic index and glycemic load is very comprehensively handled at mendosa.com

  • I do not believe that your sudden change of the TSH value is related to your diet as much as it is to diabetes. Please see: journal.diabetes.org/clinic...

    From my readings on the subject of the treatments for Hypothyroidism, I have seen some physicians who advocate the use of NATURAL thyroid (desiccated thyroid) rather than the synthetic form which appears to be universally preferred by physicians (Pharmaceutical company influence???? rather than STANDARDIZED consistency of composition as they claim????)

    Good luck!

  • Armour -- dessicated thyroid isn't even known to many practitioners in India. It is abhorred by practitioners in the U.S. too from what I have read. They are want you to go synthetic route. It's more to do with "incentives" that comes by way of prescription.

  • Unfortunately it is the same issue with Natural insulin vs. synthetic insulin where patients who use natural insulin are saved the vagaries of hypoglycemia that go with synthetic insulin. but then the drug companies own the medical profession. One cannot get natural insulin from any source in the USA and would have to go through hoops to get it imported from the UK at a significant cost, for shipping and so called administrative costs, and only under "compassionate" permission for six months supply at a time from the US Dept. of Agriculture.

    See this link below for a review of the natural Thyroid "controversy" and how it is constantly bad mouthed by the pharmaceutical industry and its beneficiaries in the medical profession:

    thyroid.about.com/b/2009/01...

  • Try ashvagandha 3 times a day and see if you find improvements over 3 month period with your TSH values. Cheapest source is Himalaya Herbal brand.

  • I also have TSH-8.6 , I am 40 year old.Endocronologist suggested a another test for antibody that is T.P.O, before start any medication. Since my TPO level were normal and also TSH is below 10 (subclinical range).Doctor finally concluded that -NO MEDICATION BE TAKEN. He suggested to avoid Soy products.Please consult to a experienced endocronologist in this regards,always have a second opinion-Good Luck

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