INCLUDES COMPREHENSIVE THYROID TEST AND 15-MIN CONSULT
Determining optimal thyroid function is MUCH MORE than a TSH test!
A TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test (included in our signature 55-biomaker panel) is just the tip of the iceberg when analyzing thyroid function — this FULL THYROID PANEL tells much more:
TSH measures how much overall thyroid-stimulating hormone is in your blood. While this is the standard test most doctors authorize, it won't provide detailed information on your thyroid activity. For instance, it may not show problems like your body not being able to use the available thyroid hormone.
Free T4 is a primarily inactive hormone. Its job is to transport T3 to the proper organs in your body. T4 must be converted to T3 before your body can use it to get energy or deliver oxygen to cells. The T4 test helps determine the level of thyroid hormone in the body; however, it doesn't provide enough information by itself because it can be affected by the amount of protein in your blood.
Free T3 (triiodothyronine) is the active version of the thyroid hormone. Thyroxine (T4) must convert into triiodothyronine (T3) before it becomes usable; this process happens primarily in the liver. T3 circulates in the bloodstream, both bound and not bound to protein. The free (unbound) T3 is what is able to enter and affect the body tissues. A total T3 test measures all the T3 in your body, even that which is unusable because it isn't bound to a protein. A free T3 a crucial test because it only measures the amount of free (unbound) T3 in your blood.
Reverse T3 is a byproduct of T4 metabolism. It is the inactive form of T3— meaning rT3 cannot carry out the same metabolic activities as T3. Reverse T3 may be an adaptive mechanism to benefit the body in certain situations where you don't want to have as much thyroid hormone activity at the tissue level. Extreme stress, trauma, surgery, or malnutrition can affect rT3 levels.
TPO (thyroid peroxidase) antibodies testing measures the levels of TPO antibodies in your blood. High levels can be related to unresolved gut issues or an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid as if it's a foreign invader. It's essential to include TPO antibodies in a complete thyroid test because you could have high TPO levels but still show normal TSH.
Thyroglobulin antibodies are thyroid antibodies. Thyroglobulin is a protein produced by the thyroid gland and is involved in the production of thyroid hormones. Antibodies against thyroglobulin are autoantibodies that form when a person's immune system incorrectly attacks thyroid gland or thyroid protein components, causing chronic thyroid inflammation, tissue destruction, and/or thyroid function disruption.
Here’s how it works…
Add the Full Thyroid Panel to the cart and complete your purchase.
We upload your blood test requisition to a HIPPA-compliant patient portal.
Download, print, and take your requisition to any LabCorp location and have your blood drawn.
We contact you when the results are in and to book your consultation.
Your consultation will reveal the true state of your thyroid health. During the consult, we will explain how to optimize your thyroid function!
PLEASE NOTE: Scott Laird has earned designation as a naturopath but is NOT a licensed medical practitioner. By purchasing this health education session you understand that the information provided is NOT medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition; it is for educational purposes only. Should you choose to implement this information, please do so only with the assistance of a licensed medical professional. Neither Scott Laird nor Laird Wellness, LLC assume any responsibility for any adverse effects or consequences that may result.