Tracking your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) for five consecutive days is one of the tried and true means of testing your metabolic rate. BBT can detect a slow metabolic rate. Having a consistent BBT of less than 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit is indicative of hypothyroidism.
Accurately Diagnosing Hypothyroidism Using BBT
For an accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism, Dr. Hugh Melnick also evaluates a comprehensive panel of thyroid blood tests and conducts thyroflex nerve conduction velocity testing.
Because normal blood test results can be found in patients symptomatic of hypothyroidism, BBT monitoring helps to uncover hypothyroid patterns.
- Take BBT upon awakening in the morning
- Take BBT at the same time every morning
- Take BBT prior to getting out of bed every morning
Cellular metabolic rates that are slow are reflected by a low BBT. The thyroid gland controls the metabolism of every cell in the human body. If there is not enough active thyroid hormone – T3 – getting into cells, the cellular metabolic rate slows.
Hypothyroidism and the Thyroid Gland
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of two thyroid hormones – Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). The thyroid gland is a small organ at the base of the throat that is regulates your metabolism.
The pituitary gland secretes a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that triggers the thyroid to make and release T3 and T4 hormones.
- Primary hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t make enough T3 and T4 despite being instructed to do so by the pituitary gland.
- Secondary hypothyroidism occurs when there’s too little TSH stimulating the thyroid gland.
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Patients can be suffering from hypothyroidism even though they have normal levels of thyroid hormones in their blood.
|– TSH||– Anti-Thyroid Antibodies|
|– Total and Free T3||– Anti-Thyroglobin Antibodies|
|– Total and Free T4||– Prolactin|
|– Reverse T3 (rT3)||– Vitamin B12/Vitamin D3|
Elevated TSH Level
Failure of the thyroid gland itself is diagnosed when the TSH level is elevated.
- Hypothyroidism resulting from the autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is diagnosed when anti-thyroid antibodies are detected
- When a patient has low TSH, T3, and T4 – possibly with an elevated prolactin level – the origin indicates hypothyroidism of a pituitary or hypothalamic
- High levels of reverse T3 indicate an adrenal gland issue, which is a result of chronic stress
- When a symptomatic patient has low total T3 and vitamin B12 levels, subclinical hypothyroidism exists
Hypothyroidism Diagnostic Testing Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC – has decades of research and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism. Read the Doctor’s contribution to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology about subclinical hypothyroidism and its effect on a woman’s fertility.
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