Thank for the article HPS!
I have the opposite problem... my blood pressure is usually low... always has been.
For example, took it today and its was 90/63... about 10 minutes after aerobix.
I also don't have edema anymore, which is something of a miracle, considering that I have venous insufficiency.
My take away from the article is :
1.Lack of thyroid hormone impacts the kidneys, resulting in edema which in turn can raise blood pressure.
2. Proper amounts of thyroid medication MAY ameliorate hypertension in the Hypothyroid, so correcting the hypothyroid state should be attempted first..
3. Deiodinase, the enzyme that converts T4 to T3, has to be available in sufficient quantities to convert T4 to to T3.
Based on these three, I would think that a Hypothyroid with elevated BP, that is already on thyroid medication may want to consider:
1. Getting their Free T3 levels checked before supplementing with anti-hypertensive drugs. If their levels of T3 are low :
2. Provide the body with a source of selenium... the essential mineral needed to make deiodinase, the enzyme that unlocks T4.
3. Back off the dose of T4 (levothyroxine) and add some T3 to maintain a TSH in the optimal range (1-2 TSH), circumventing the need for deiodinase.
What do you think, HPS?
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 1/21/2013 (17:30)
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