Hashimoto thyroiditis and hypothyroidism
HPU patients very often also suffer from a disease of the thyroid gland – usually hypothyroidism. For this reason, the thyroid gland should always be examined in detail in the event of a positive HPU result.
Disorders of the thyroid gland in HPU sufferers can be pronounced in many ways. Among the disorders are:
- the autoimmune disease Hashimoto thyroiditis
- Conversion interference from fT4 to fT3
- Problems with the binding of thyroid hormones, the high excretion leads over time to a deficiency
- a low TSH value (TSH suppression)
HPU metabolism and thyroid disorders
The metabolism of the thyroid gland and the HPU process are closely related. The body needs vitamin B3 (niacinamide) to incorporate iodine into the thyroid hormones. A typical HPU deficiency of vitamin B6 leads to a lack of vitamin B3 and thus impairs the function of the thyroid gland. If there is also a weakness of the adrenal glands, the body produces reverse T3. This is a form of T3 that is useless for the body.
Amalgam, selenium and thyroid gland disorders
Amalgam from dental fillings can damage the thyroid gland. This happens when mercury (half of amalgam consists of mercury) and selenium form insoluble complexes. This is good at first, as the body can use selenium to absorb mercury exposure.
However, the selenium used is missing in the thyroid gland. There, as a co-factor of the deionidases, it ensures that T4 is converted into T3. Under selenium deficiency, this conversion only takes place at a reduced rate.
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