Firstly, just an overview of myself: I'm a 40-year-old male, and I haven't been diagnosed with anything. But due to my symptoms, I'm leaning towards a dodgy thyroid and/or Hashimotos - but I'm not entirely sure.
I'll be seeing a Dr soon, but if nothing comes of it I'll have to go it alone (in terms of private labs, endocrinologist, etc), until I run out of options.
So, what do I need tested, and also which method is best, ie saliva, blood, urine? Also, in the UK, which labs are recommended?
I'm seeing a few people here comment on the relation between vitamin deficiency and this disorder. Are there any accredited scientific studies that prove this correlation? I'm also coming across those within the medical community that discredit the actual testing for vitamins/minerals, as the results are deemed unreliable. What's your thoughts?
As above, but the same questions regarding diets. Sufferers have mentioned eliminating certain foods from their diets. I can only try this myself and see, and will avoid: dairy, grains, sugar, gluten, for 30-days. Again, are there any studies that back this up? Are there any other foods to avoid?