Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Symptom Checklist & Ashwagandha Supplement

By on October 8, 2013

Dr Oz: Foods That Boost Thyroid Function

Are you often feeling stressed out, foggy or just plain exhausted? If so, it could be a hormone problem that even your doctor cannot seem to figure out. Dr. Oz says the diagnosis doctors miss the most is Thyroid Disease, so today he is sharing the clues to help you figure out what is really going on with your health. Dr. Oz says women are 8 times more likely to develop Thyroid Disease than men and in many cases they suffer in silence because Thyroid Disease often goes undetected and untreated.

Dr Oz: What is a ‘Normal’ Thyroid Level?

Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Symptom Checklist & Ashwagandha Supplement

Dr Oz shared a thyroid disease checklist to help you figure out what is really wrong with your health.

Dr. Oz says even when you think you may have a problem with your thyroid hormones, doctor still may miss the diagnosis because Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood tests often come back showing your levels are “normal”, but what does normal really mean? Dr. Oz says the first thing you need to look at is your shoe size. He used the example of two women in his audience, one with a size 7 ½ shoe and the other with a size 9 shoe. Those are both considered “normal”, but clearly if they were to swap shoes each of them would have a problem, which is why things can get tricky when doctors try to interpret “normal” when looking at thyroid hormone levels. They might tell you your levels are normal, but you still do not feel “right”.

  • Normal Range: .5 – 4.5+

Dr. Oz believes it is important to focus less on that broad range and instead look more closely at a patient’s symptoms.

Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Symptom Checklist

Dr. Susan Blum says doctors often miss a Thyroid Disease diagnosis because they have been taught to believe the thyroid gland is either sick or it is healthy, with no regard for that gray area in between. Dr. Oz and Dr. Blum discussed a Thyroid Disease Checklist to help you look for clues in your own health.

  1. Unexplained weight gain – More than 10 pounds in 3 months even if you have been eating healthy and exercising regularly. This often leads to you feeling tired and sluggish most of the time.
  2. Brain fog for 3 months or longer, which is the same feeling of having a hangover even if you have had nothing to drink.
  3. Fatigue – If you literally have half the energy that you should.
  4. Constipation – If you are not having a bowel movement every day this is a problem, especially if you are eating a good amount of healthy foods that include fiber.
  5. Always cold – Take your temperature 5 days in a row, first thing in the morning and in your armpit. If it is under 98 degrees on each day, this could be a sign you have a sluggish Thyroid.

Dr Oz: Ashwagandha Supplement Review

Do you have any of the above symptoms? If you have 3 or more of them you should go get your thyroid levels checked. Dr. Blum says if you are in the gray zone at 3-4.5 then you probably do not need medication, but there are some other things you can do to boost your thyroid naturally.

  • Brazil Nuts – packed with selenium
  • Iodized Salt – rich in iodine
  • Sunflower Seeds – high in zinc
  • Ashwagandha Supplement – 2-3 grams daily

Dr. Blum says you may not notice a difference overnight, but adding these to your diet will help to sustain your thyroid over time and help you feel better.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Thyroid Disease Symptom Checklist & Ashwagandha Supplement

  1. I was diagnosed with hypo-thyroid 30 years ago,after several miscarriages and a still born baby. The doctor didn’t at the time check for TSH.
    Now it’s under control but it took a very long time to get there.

  2. Terri Miller says:

    Dr. Oz, I had a very irrate patient in my family practice office who blamed me for “letting her suffer for two years” with the symptoms of hypothyroidism and she watched your show on Ashygandha for low thyroid. She swears by it. I was very interested in what she had to say and to research it for myself, because I, too, have all the classic symptoms and a traditional internist who goes by the normal numbers on the lab values to decide treatment. I tried to explain to her that this is my training and that using prescriptions for other uses is the same as “off label” prescribing. I cannot do it. I know that there are those who do, but they put their license on the line to do so. I’m glad that she found something to work for her, but thanks for making me take the heat for classic training we get!!

    Terri L Miller, ARNP, family practice
    Ocean Park, WA

  3. Here is naturopathic doctor who gives her clients natural dessicated thyroid hormone and works with you to get the dosing right, you can do a phone consultation with her. Her website is http://www.DoctorValerieNelson.com and one of her specialties is thyroid. If you fill out the form for a phone appointment, be sure to email her as well because the forms don’t always go through. She is really helping people in this area. Very nice doctor.

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