Thyroid Check PLUS SIX (Now includes a Cortisol test!)

This profile includes Thyroid Antibodies so is useful when investigating autoimmune thyroiditis. It also includes the standard TSH, T4, free T3, free T4, and now Cortisol.



Blood Test Explained

Below we have explained each inclusion.

Thyroid related blood testing

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a hormone manufactured in the pituitary gland (found in the brain). It s role is to stimulate thyroxine production in the thyroid gland (found in the neck). A high level within a health screening is associated with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and a low level is found if the thyroid gland is over-active (hyperthyroidism). Changes in the TSH level alone can indicate underlying thyroid problems even if the thyroxine levels are normal.

Free T4 (free thyroxine) is the active form of thyroxine, released from the thyroid gland in the neck. Its role is to control metabolism - release of energy from all cells of the body. A lack of thyroxine leads to, for example, tiredness and weight gain, whereas an excess will lead to weight loss, rapid heart rate and anxiety. It is generally believed that this level (FT4) is the most reliable indicator of thyroid status - ie whether the gland is over-active (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism).

Free T3 (Free Triiodothyronine) - This is one of two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This measures the level of T3 that is 'free' and is able to regulate metabolism.

Cortisol As Cortisol decreases TSH, thereby decreasing thyroid hormone production, as well as inhibiting T4 to T3 conversion, measuring Cortisol is important and is now included in all Blue Horizon postal Thyroid Profiles.
Hyperthyroid symptoms
Weight loss with increased appetite
Warm/clammy skin
Shortness/loss of breath
Feeling warm and sweating excessively
Feeling hyperactive
Rapid heartbeat
Insomnia
Osteoporosis
Raised libido
Irregular bowel movements
Diarrhoea
Thin hair
Fertility problems
Irritability

Hypothyroid symptoms
Fatigue
Feeling cold constantly
Weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight
Brain fog
Issues with Breathlessness
Low basal temperature
Insomnia
Hair loss
Raised cholesterol
Low basal temperature
Dry hair and skin
Loss of libido
Constipation
Depression
Mood swings
Fertility problems
Information for this blood test
Test Name:
Thyroid Check PLUS SIX
GP Referral:
GP Referral is included
Target Turn Around Time in working days:
2 Working Days.
Test Inclusions:
TSH, T4, free T3, free T4, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies and Thyroglobulin Antibodies.
Special Instructions:
Fasting not required. No other special instructions.
Laboratory Notes: