Basic Thyroid Panel - BLOOD TEST
The thyroid is a small gland just above the collar bones in the neck. This gland most famously helps to regulate metabolism/energy. However, it also works with several other systems in the body such as eyes, hair, temperature, and brain function.
The Thyroid panel helps to determine any fluctuations in thyroid function that can lead to disease processes. It can help determine hypothyroidism (to low thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (to high thyroid). Once you know the levels of the thyroid there are several ways to repair these issues, however you first have to know.
Do I Need This Test?
If you have any of these symptoms a thyroid panel might be the right test for you.
What Other Tests Should I look At For These Issues?
Other lab tests go with these symptoms include: Full male and female wellness panel, testosterone panel, hormone panel, energy panel, and anemia panel.
What does the lab panel tell us?
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): This shows how hard your pituitary gland is telling the thyroid to make thyroid hormones T3 and T4.
- T4 Total: This is the amount of thyroxin that is bound and free in the blood. Thyroxin is the precursor to T3 (triiodothyronine).
- Free T3: Triiodothyronine is the active form of thyroid hormone. Free T3 is the amount that is floating around ready to work.
- Free T4: This is the amount of T4 that has not bound to any other proteins.
- Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (TPO): This test helps determine certain autoimmune diseases like Graves' disease or Hashimoto thyroiditis.