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i have a question about using Thyro3 Liothyronine. Im 34 years

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i have a question about using Thyro3 Liothyronine. Im 34 years old, 14 stone in weight, 6" tall. I train hard in the gym I eat healthy. But in the last month, I have been bed ridden due to chest infection and flew. I have fully recovered now but my metabolism is slow because of no activity and eat badly just to get energy in.

My question is: just to kick start my metabolism, im thinking of using Thyro3 Liothyronine for about 3 weeks (combined with training and eating healthy) then coming off it. What dosages should I use considering I have never used any of these things before? (They come in 25mcgs tabs)
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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Dr. David :

this can be dangerous if you don't have a low thyroid condition.

Dr. David :

excessive thyroid hormone can cause you to have heart palpitations, poor sleep and weight loss.

Dr. David :

I had graves disease so I know the effects of excessive thyroid hormone in your body.

Dr. David :

I am sorry about your recent chest infection and flu.

Dr. David :

I am glad you have recovered.

Dr. David :

you need to stop eating badly.

Dr. David :

that is causing you the low energy.

Dr. David :

you need to start exercising and walking and doing some light cardio and weights.

Dr. David :

and start to eat healthier.

Dr. David :

this will help you sleep better at night and give you more energy as well.

Dr. David :

taking liothyronine is not the answer.

Customer:

ok what is?

Dr. David :

and exercising 3-4 times a week will help boost your energy levels.

Dr. David :

lean protein and greek yogurt and peanut butter have good protein in them

Dr. David :

start to go out for speed walks daily for 30-40 minutes a day swinging your arms

Dr. David :

stop eating badly because that is causing you low energy.

Dr. David :

what are you eating now?

Dr. David :

then you need to go back to the gym to exercise.

Dr. David :

also see your doctor as well.

Dr. David :

you could be low in electrolytes or low in magnesium after your recent infection.

Customer:

currently im eating:

Dr. David :

also get blood testing to check your thyroid hormone levels and iron and CBC complete blood counts as well.

Dr. David :

these could be low and need to be checked.

Dr. David :

you could also have a mononucleosis viral infection which is causing you fatigue

Dr. David :

this can be checked for with blood testing.

Customer:

Breakfast - 33grams porridge oats with 3 egg white 1 whole egg

Customer:

protein shake at 11am

Customer:

lunch - chicken breast, pasta 500ml water

Dr. David :

that sounds like a good diet at this point

Customer:

3pm training

Dr. David :

good.

Customer:

protein shake

Dr. David :

so you are going to the gym

Customer:

dinner- 7-8pm chicken or fish

Customer:

ye the moment I was well enough, I immediately started training. just that the weight I had put on while I was unwell, I want off within 3 weeks so I can continue on my time scale

Dr. David :

you can't rush your recovery.

Dr. David :

your weight will come off with time.

Customer:

that's why I was asking about using T3 just to tweak the thyroid setting so my metabolism is running higher

Dr. David :

that can be dangerous

Dr. David :

this needs to be monitored with blood testing and thyroid hormone level checks every 6-8 weeks.

Dr. David :

you have not had your thyroid hormone levels checked to begin with.

Dr. David :

I would start by getting your thyroid hormone levels checked.

Dr. David :

your thyroid hormone levels could be low at this point.

Dr. David :

so you might need to go on thyroid hormones

Dr. David :

you need your TSH levels checked by a doctor.

Dr. David :

to makes sure they are between 0.3 and 3.0

Customer:

what is TSHlevel?

Dr. David :

TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone level

Dr. David :

and is a hormone made by your own pituitary gland which reflects your body's thyroid hormone level.

Dr. David :

if the TSH level is too low (< 0.3), then you are hyperthyroid with too much thyroid hormone.

Dr. David :

if the TSH level is too high (> 3.0) then most likely you are too low in your thyroid hormone levels.

Dr. David :

playing around with your thyroid hormones is not a good idea.

Dr. David :

thyroid hormones are very very slow acting hormones.

Dr. David :

which affect you over weeks and weeks at a time

Dr. David :

if you took the liothyronine, most likely you would not notice any bit of difference in your energy or metabolism or weight

Dr. David :

does this make sense?

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questions.

Dr. David :

keep up with your diet and going the gym, you will get back to your weight soon.

Customer:

really? I thought T3 is far more potent than T4 and a lotmore fast acting

Dr. David :

no.

Dr. David :

T3 has a shorter 1/2 life and doesn't last as long.

Dr. David :

it is not more potent.

Dr. David :

you have T3 in your body already. 20% of all of your T4 is converted into T3.

Dr. David :

both T4 and T3 work towards maintaining a proper metabolism in your body.

Dr. David :

you don't want to throw off a proper working system by adding more T3.

Dr. David :

you should get your thyroid hormone levels checked as well. to know what your body levels are at this point

Customer:

ok. I will make an appointment. Last question - apart from the usual diet and training, is there any suggestions on herbal supplement that could boost my metabolism instead of chemical?

Dr. David :

there are many with effedra

Dr. David :

my wife use to take ones with ephedra contained in them which was a chinese herb

Dr. David :

but these would cause all sorts of side effects

Dr. David :

there were deaths associated with them

Dr. David :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephedra

Dr. David :

I am not sure if they are available in the UK.

Dr. David :

they can be dangerous.

Customer:

ok. thank you for your time and explanation

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

good luck training and exercising

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