The standard TSH test takes no account of individual difference

An image depicting blood tests and TSH testing
on Mon 27 Oct

 

Like some of my peers I am concerned that the “one size fits all”  TSH test approach simply doesn't take account of individual difference.

 

For that reason people who are on the borderline between having a normal and an underactive or overactive thyroid, should be at least considered for treatment.

 

TSH testing is not particularly sophisticated. For example, it does not take take into account differences in gender or age.For example, what is a normal test result for a pregnant woman will differ from that of an elderly person.

 

This is worrying because, in the current medical climate, there is greater demand for people to be treated using guidelines, without doctors looking at the patient holistically, case by case. There is discussion about what a “normal” level of TSH is for an individual, before they hit the age at which thyroid problems tend to begin.

 

If there is a family history of the condition, particularly in women considering a pregnancy, it is best to request a thyroid function test from your GP.

 

For a recent Telegragh article on this subject please click here 

 

 

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