Low metabolism

Low metabolism in our eyes is a multi-factorial disease. There can be many causes for metabolism not working properly, whether it’s deficiencies, imbalances, blockages, nutrition, gut system function, tooth infections, etc. these are individually different from person to person. The common factor in all these issues is that they can reduce the body’s metabolism.

Some patients with low metabolism have normal blood tests according to their doctor. It is our experience that the conventional metabolism test, TSH, is not always sufficient.

Typical symptoms of low metabolism include: Fatigue, lack of energy/overflow, increased need for sleep and sleep problems, low capacity, long recovery period, problems with memory/concentration, decreased cognitive abilities, weight problems, dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, muscle/joint pain, etc. Some also report difficulties with word finding, brain fog, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and a feeling of walking on cotton.

Most patients with hypothyroidism/low metabolism are discovered by elevated TSH, but not all. Most patients benefit from traditional treatment with synthetic T4 medication (Eltroxin/Euthyrox), but not all. Some benefit from supplementing with synthetic T3 medication (Liothyronin), but not all. Some benefit from natural metabolism medication, but not all.

In the brain, a hormone called TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is produced. TSH stimulates the thyroid gland in the neck to produce a metabolism hormone called T4, see figure →.

T4 is not active – it is only when, especially the liver, converts it to T3 that it becomes activated. The part of T3 called free T3 is the part of the active metabolism hormone that cells have access to. This means that we cannot get closer to the status of metabolism than by measuring free T3.

When treated conventionally, you receive synthetic T4 medication (Eltroxin/Euthyrox). Unfortunately, some patients cannot convert synthetic T4 to active T3, which is why they still have symptoms of low metabolism (low free T3) despite treatment.

Patent legislation complicates the spread of this treatment. It is not possible to patent “nature”. The Medicines Agency can only approve medicines that are documented. Natural medicines are rarely documented because the costs cannot be recovered through patents as nature has a “patent” on nature.

The following blood tests are used to evaluate metabolism: Free T3, free T4, anti-TPO, and TSH. TSH is commonly suppressed/unmeasurable when treated with thyroid medication. If TSH is suppressed by treatment with synthetic T4 medication (Eltroxin/Euthyrox), this may be a sign of medication poisoning and be associated with an increased risk of, for example, osteoporosis and heart problems.

It is possible for all doctors to request the blood test (free T3, free T4, and TSH). It is also possible for all doctors to prescribe thyroid – see how here. Many doctors do this and follow the instructions from our website.

At Doctor Flytlie’s Private Clinic, there is a doctor who has been instructed by the Patient Safety Authority on their area of operation. This is due to a follow-up inspection from the Patient Safety Authority that the clinic does not offer hormone treatment for patients with low metabolism.

You are welcome to contact us for more detailed answers.

Free T3 is as close as we can get to the status of the metabolism, as it is the amount of the active metabolic hormone T3 that cells have access to.