Could you be Hypothyroid?

If you have concerns that your thyroid is not performing as efficiently as it should be (see Hypothyroid Symptoms) then the following test may help. Because the thyroid gland is a major player in governing metabolism and heat is generated during metabolism, assessing body temperature can give[more] clues regarding how the thyroid is functioning.

This test is not to be used as a replacement for a proper medical assessment.

  1. Place a thermometer by your bed and upon waking, before getting up (even to use the bathroom), place the thermometer under your armpit for 10 minutes (digital thermometers may automatically stop before that). Try to lay in bed as still as possible during this time. Rest and close your eyes. Don’t get up until after the 10 minutes have passed or until a digital thermometer has registered your temperature.
  2. Record the temperature, time, and date.
  3. Conduct the same test for at least three mornings at the same time each day. If you’re a pre-menopausal woman perform the test on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th days of the menstrual cycle (ovulation causes a temperature rise). Men and post-menopausal women can conduct the test any time.

A healthy resting temperature ranges between 36.6 to 36.8 C (97.8 - 98.2 Fahrenheit). If your temperature is lower than this for at least three consecutive days, it may be an indication of hypothyroidism.

By Saffron Rogerson

16 January 2015