Hi all, first post for me, and what a wonderful and supportive forum this is. So happy I found it.
I’m hoping some of the experienced thyroid analysts could come out and offer their thoughts on my blood work.
My Dr. flagged a few things, among which was low T3, and low folate, and said some conventional labs would already consider me Hashimoto. This was a revelation as I thought I was fighting Candida or other boogeymen over the years (though maybe I was). He wants to try some supplemention first, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts on what you think might be going on and how to address it (or if that’s even possible)
To note, I have never taken thyroid horomone before. I have for nearly 8 years been dairy and gluten free, no-to-lower carb seesaw mostly, and eat by many standards a whole food diet with starches, not grains as primary carb source lately (sweet potatoes, squash, etc). I do binge drink alcohol on weekends, more than occasionally, not sure if that’s a major no-no.
Because my digestion has been extremely poor over the years I supplement with 4 sprays of bitters, 2 Thorne bio-gest (mix of enzymes and HCL), 2 Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzymes Ultra, and 1 Thorne betaine HCL with pepsin pill each meal, just to prop myself up enough to get by (or not want to cut my stomach out).
And with that, here goes:
Serum Iron (85-130 ug/dL): 75
Ferritin (male: 100-236): 235
TIBC (250-350 ug/dL): 272
Iron Saturation (15%-55%): 28%
TSH (1.8-3 mlU/L): 2.110
T4 (6-12 ug/dL): 6.7
Free T3 (3-4 pg/mL): 3.0
T3 Uptake (28%-38%): 30
T3 (100-180 ng/dL): 95
Free T4 (1.0-1.5 ng/dL): 1.42
Reverse T3 (25-30 ng/dL): 19.9
FTI (1.2-4.9 mg/dL): 2.0
TPO Ab (0-34): 10 - lab shows high
TAA Ab (>1.0): <1.0 - lab shows high
Homocysteine (< 7 umol/L): 10.1
Vit D25 (OH) (50-100 ng/mL): 43.6
Folate (< 8): 6.6
What to make of this? Is this more dire than I’m giving it credit? Any help would be appreciated.