Dr. Stephanie Graham
Advancements in Hypothyroidism
Call me a nerd, but nothing is more fun than staying up to date on the latest news that medical research has to offer. Recently, I attended a lecture that discussed some advanced details regarding thyroid disorders. Among other things, one of the hot topics was regarding the hormone Reverse T3, otherwise known as rT3.
Thyroid disorders are not talked about a lot, but they are quite common in both men and women. They can result in fatigue, constipation, dry skin, or an irregular menstrual cycle. Some emerging studies show rT3 is an important, but often overlooked hormone to look at. If your body is making too much rT3, it may not be making enough of the good hormones that keep you healthy. My first draft of this blog had a lot of technical information that I would be happy to share with you, but it boils down to this: If you are being treated for a thyroid disorder, and feel you would benefit from some additional improvements, ask your doctor to run rT3. It is a simple blood test, and there are natural ways to bring down rT3 as a part of a comprehensive thyroid treatment plan.
I will be attending a conference this week where I will learn more about hormones and infertility. I look forward to bringing home some useful information to share with you.
Work is still being done in this field, but if you are interested, here is one recent study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9095395/