Thyroid Test - At Home Thyroid Test Kit - Essentials - Optimal Thyroid
Optimal Thyroid Essentials Test includes: TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Optimal Thyroid Essentials, Blood Spot Testing
Who Should Take the Thyroid Test
Adults aged 40 and above
Those who often report feeling cold
Individuals who struggle to lose weight
Persons feeling fatigued/sluggish
Thyroid-stimulating hormone created in the brain signals the thyroid gland to produce triiodothyronine T3 and thyroxine T4. Testing TSH levels is fundamental in identifying thyroid function.
Normal range is 0.5 - 3.0 μU/mL
Free t3 tests measure freely circulating T3 within the blood. T3 helps regulate major body functions including metabolism, heart rate, temperature, and heart rate.
Normal range is 2.4 - 4.2 pg/mL
Free T4 is transported directly to body tissues and produced in higher quantities than T3. T4 gets converted to T3.
Normal range is 0.7 - 2.5 ng/dL
TPOAbs are unwanted antibodies made by the immune system that suppress thyroid function.
Normal range is < 150.0 IU/mL
How Testing Works
- Shipped directly to your door after online purchase
- Collect test sample and return to the lab using the enclosed prepaid shipping label
- Reviewed by independent board certified physician
- Receive test results along with personalized recommendations in 7-9 days
The underactive thyroid fails to produce adequate T3 and T4 (hypothyroidism).
This may result in:
- Weight gain
- Muscle and joint pain
- Cold sensitivity
- Hands and feet always cold
- Concentration difficulties
- Brain fog
- Dry hair and skin
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Lower heart rate
- Neck swelling from enlarged thyroid
- Bradycardia (heart rate below 60/bpm)
The overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) produces excess T3 and/or T4.
As a result, the following may occur:
- Rapid weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Rapid heartbeat
- Hands trembling
- Menstrual changes
- Heat sensitivity
- Frequent bowel movements
- Neck swelling from enlarged thyroid
- Muscle weakness/fatigue
- Sleeping difficulties
- Thinning skin
- Brittle hair
- Tachycardia (heart rate over 100/bpm)
Thyroid Test FYI
The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland located at the base of the neck secretes important hormones T3 and T4 and works to regulate a multitude of functions within the body including metabolism, heart rate, temperature, digestion, brain development, muscle control and maintenance of mood and bones. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid, and the chemical hormones it creates affect nearly every organ in the body in some way. Though 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid conditions every day, according to the American Thyroid Association, roughly 60% go undetected.
Four key biomarkers TSH, T3, T4, and TPOAb provide a complete picture of thyroid health and function.
TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and transported to the thyroid gland itself where it will stimulate the creation and regulation of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), primary thyroid hormones. The body’s immune system further creates Thyroid peroxidase autoantibody TPOAb that works to suppress the production of thyroid hormone.
How Thyroid Biomarkers Work
Thyroid hormones are an integral part of cellular activity in nearly every area of the body, and dependent on healthy thyroid function. Understanding the interplay between each of the thyroid hormones, TSH, T3, T4, and the immune system antibody TPOAb is important in thyroid testing and symptom management.
When T3 and T4 levels drop, the pituitary gland secretes TSH, which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to create more primary thyroid hormones. When T3 and T4 levels increase, the pituitary gland secretes less TSH, which reduces hormone production. When T3 and T4 reach organs and tissues, increased energy and cellular growth occurs. If too much T3 and T4 is present, hyperthyroidism may occur. When the thyroid is underactive, insufficient amounts of T3 and T4 are produced causing many of the symptoms hypothyroidism. In the case of autoimmune-related thyroiditis, TPO is attacked by the body’s own immune system and circulating TPOAbs levels will be elevated.
What the test reveals
Visual representation of specific biomarker results over time, together with detailed descriptions for easy understanding of health related results.
Analysis and Insight
Detailed analysis of test results helps identify key areas of impact on health. Important insights offer information and opportunities to support healthy changes.
Personalized Action Plan
Get diet, activity progress, and tracking of supplement use with simple access to your personal dashboard along with recommendations based on your specific test results.
Testing is designed for informational purposes and as a tool to support further discussion with your physician or other healthcare practitioner. You should always consult your doctor for any specific health questions, diagnosis or medical treatment.