Why is it so hard to get a hypothyroidism diagnosis


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By Datis Kharrazian, DC, MS, and FACN. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Why is it so difficult to get diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's in the current healthcare system? As a healthcare practitioner, it's pretty rare when a patient says, "Yeah, I had symptoms and right away they diagnosed me with hypothyroidism.” Several reasons go into why it’s hard to get a hypothyroidism diagnosis:

• The disease comes on slowly so it can go misdiagnosed for years.

• Doctors do not screen for thyroid antibodies that would catch early Hashimoto’s because it’s not covered by insurance or considered standard of care.

• Conventional lab ranges are too wide.

• TSH can fluctuate up and down and may be normal at the time of the test.

• HMO doctors are assessed based on how much each of their patients cost and avoid tests they feel are unnecessary.

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