Do check oral body temps to eval overall thyroid status.
You will be iodine deficient if not using iodized salt.
Low thyroid status typically means fat gain. Hyperthyroidism can lead to fat loss.
Thyroid lab ranges are stupid. Ignore “normal”
TSH should be near 1.0
T3, T4, fT3, fT4 should be mid-range or a bit higher.
You should be testing TSH, fT3, fT4 - not T3 T4
fT3 is the only active hormone that acts on thyroid receptors.
Stress can increase rT3 that blocks some fT3 action at receptors. See the sticky for: rT3, stress, illness/infection/inflammation, adrenal fatigue and Wilson’s book.
TSH, fT3, fT4
AM cortisol - at 8AM or 1 hour after waking up
Unexpected weight loss: Any rashes? [cancer]
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Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.
KSman is simply a regular member on this site. Nothing more other than highly active.
I can be a bit abrupt in my replies and recommendations. I have a lot of ground to cover as this forum has become much more active in the last two years. I can’t follow threads that go deep over time. You need to respond to all of my points and requests as soon as possible before you fall off of my radar. The worse problems are guys who ignore issues re thyroid, body temperatures, history of iodized salt. Please do not piss people off saying that lab results are normal, we need lab number and ranges.
The value that you get out of this process and forum depends on your effort and performance. The bulk of your learning is reading/studying the suggested stickies.