TPO and TGB Antibody Testing
In Thyroid Health Secret Strategy #2, we talked about the fact that the number-one cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune thyroid, and there has to be a reason why your body is attacking your thyroid. What we want to explain in this Secret Strategy are the tests used to determine if you have an Autoimmune Hypothyroid called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
There are certain tests that need to be run on the thyroid–not just a TSH or a free T3 or a free T4. There are specific antibody tests called TPO and TGB antibodies. If these antibody tests are positive, you have an autoimmune thyroid. Our guess is that your doctor has not run these two tests.
Now there are many other tests that need to be run for the thyroid, but these are the two big ones to determine if you have an autoimmune thyroid. If you are autoimmune, you have to find out why you are autoimmune. Remember, we said there are two parts to your immune system, TH1 and TH2.
They need to work in balance. If one is dominant or working harder than the other, it’s usually because there’s something called an active antigen. What is an active antigen? It can be a parasite. It can be a virus, bacteria, mold or fungi. It can be a food protein, such as gluten (the protein in wheat, barley and rye) or casein (milk protein).
Your immune system could also become imbalanced because of dysregulation due to hormonal surges, extreme stress, blood sugar problems, chronic inflammation, and/or high cortisol levels. Multiple factors can all cause your immune system to run amuck.
Running the Thyroid Antibodies is the first step to identifying if you have an autoimmune thyroid condition. Determining what is causing the immune problem is the next step.
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