November, 2012 - HealthCheckUSA was featured in the November issue of Experience Life Magazine. The article, "Repair Your Thyroid," described how millions of people suffer the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction without ever knowing why. It's estimated that hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, affects more than 30 million women and 15 million men.
The article goes on emphasize that it is estimated that millions of more people could be diagnosed if proper testing was more common. Unfortunately, the antibodies that show the presence of Hashimoto's - thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb) and thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb) - happen to be on the list of thyroid labs that most conventional docs don't perform.
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The article further describes the type of thyroid testing that people should pursue because doctors don't often test for thyroid dysfunction. And when they do they typically rely on only one blood test (for thyroid stimulating hormone, TSH) that reveals little about overall thyroid function. As a result, millions of people suffering from thyroid dysfunction are left undiagnosed. The article states that if you are getting thyroid testing, be sure to be tested for Free T3 (FT3), Reverse T3 (RT3), and the presence of two thyroid antibodies, TPOAb and TgAb. The "Free" in front of T3 discloses what is unbound and usable by the body. Reverse T3 is just that - the opposite of T3 - and it blocks thyroid receptors and can cause patients to be unresponsive to any thyroid hormone.