What is Hypothyroidism type 2?

Hypothyroidism is the inability of the thyroid gland to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones, which thyroid hormones are mainly responsible for the regulation of metabolism. The two thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), with T4 being produced in larger amounts and having much longer life as well. Their low levels are detected with blood test that actually measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which is the hormone produced by the pituitary gland; this test, however, can fail to detect secondary hypothyroidism and therefore further blood tests might be needed.

The term hypothyroidism type 2 gained popularity when Doctor Mark Starr published his book called “Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic,” where he defines this condition as hypothyroidism, which is not detected by the standard blood tests. The hypothyroidism type 2 is typically inherited, but can be significantly worsened by the environmental toxins. The book of Doctor Mark Starr is very well-received by the many of his colleagues and by the general public as well since he explains the issue at hand in very clear and easy to understand manner. And, as usual, not everyone agrees with his findings.

When a person suffers from hypothyroidism type 2, his or her thyroid gland produces enough thyroid hormones, but they aren’t utilized properly by the cells. The symptoms of hypothyroidism type 2 are usually diminished or heightened appetite, blood sugar disorders such as hypoglycemia or diabetes, heart palpitations, high cholesterol, low or high blood pressure, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and others.

How is hypothyroidism type 2 treated?

To the best of our knowledge, even today there are no tests that accurately measure the amount of the thyroid hormones that are actually absorbed by the cells; this only means that the hypothyroidism type 2 is diagnosed solely on the patient symptoms and therefore it is up to the doctor to decide if he or she wants to starts a hypothyroidism treatment or not. Many medical professionals do not believe in the existence of hypothyroidism type 2 at all or even if they recognize it, refuse to commence a hypothyroidism treatment unless the blood tests show high levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). On the other hand, Doctor Mark Starr and his followers claim that many of the patients that suffer from hypothyroidism type 2 benefit greatly from the hypothyroidism treatments and their symptoms are subdued or eradicated. Doctor Mark Starr also believes that hypothyroidism type 2 has reached epidemic proportions and since the disease is inherited, the number of cases continue to grow and the disease is being passed from one generation to the next.

If you experience some of the symptoms mentioned in this article, we urge to immediately seek professional medical help; whether you suffer from hypothyroidism or any other medical condition should be determined by your doctor and you should start the treatment that he or she recommends as soon as possible. If you suspect that you suffer from hypothyroidism type 2 and can benefit from a hypothyroidism treatment, then you should seek a second opinion and learn more about this type of hypothyroidism by reading some offline and online publications.