Elevated Tsh (Repost)
I am reposting this from the "General Discussion" forum as I realized afterwards getting some women-specific advice might be helpful. Sorry about the multiple posts!
Here is a cut and paste of what I just wrote:
Hey guys, I was hoping I could get some advice regarding my TSH. Over the past year my TSH has increased significantly, from 0.42 up to 2.56! I assume some fluctuations are normal; however, with the (multiple) blood works I have done over the year the trend is clearly positive. It has gone from 0.4 - 1.13 - 2.56. My TSH has always been low so this worries me - I would like advice as to how to reverse the trend and get the levels to decrease again. I have also noticed I seem to be gaining weight much more easily now than before, and there seems to be a decrease in my attention/focus span, I am a tad more fatigued as of the last two months. I also show elevated liver enzymes (ALT 64 with "normal range" supposedly 4-43).
The primary change I have made to my lifestyle is diet. The lowest TSH (0.4) corresponds to January 2013 where I was neither vegetarian nor vegan but definitely not bulletproof, the highest (2.56) is from a few weeks ago and at this point I've gone from non-veg to veg/vegan to vegetarian low carb with fish. What a roller coaster! I enjoy experimenting. I went vegetarian roughly June 2013, vegan in September that same year (TSH = 1.13), out of curiosity, and remained vegan until July this year. Since May I had started to incorporate more fat and significantly restricted my carb intake, probably a little too much, and again out of curiosity. My diet is still mainly vegetarian, though I avoid dairy, but I have fish a few times every week and get about 60g carbs daily. I am not opposed to eating quality meat, the main reason I have not is the price.
I would really appreciate advice - how can I decrease my TSH? I want to ensure my metabolism works properly. Any idea what might be the cause?