What is a good free T3 level?
A normal level of total T3 (free and bound) in the blood is 75 to 195 ng/dL. The normal level of free T3 in the blood is 0.2 to 0.5 ng/dL.
Does alcohol affect T3?
Consuming alcohol can drastically affect how your thyroid functions—such as blocking its activity (1), or lowering levels of hormones T3 and T4 (2, 3). Alcohol is also known to destroy thyroid cells, which are sometimes used in treatment of a condition called thyroid nodules (4).
What happens if T3 is low?
Abnormally low levels of T3 may indicate hypothyroidism or starvation. It could also indicate that you have a long-term illness since T3 levels decrease when you’re sick. If you’re sick enough to be hospitalized, your T3 levels are likely to be low.
How do you know if your T3 is low?
The hormones regulate the speed with which the cells/metabolism work. For example, T3 and T4 regulate your heart rate and how fast your intestines process food. So if T3 and T4 levels are low, your heart rate may be slower than normal, and you may have constipation/weight gain.
Is free T3 2.7 Low?
I have found that a free T3 level of less than 2.7 pmol/L is significant and that supplementation makes a difference. A free T4 level of less than 1.0 ng/dL with a corresponding free T3 level of less than 2.8 pmol/L is significant enough to treat, and I have not been disappointed in the results of treatment.
Which is a better test total T3 or free T3?
Total T3 is considered by many experts to be a more reliable measurement than free T3. Total T3 may be used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism or a pituitary gland disorder, evaluate the cause of an overactive thyroid, and monitor a patient’s response to treatment of hyperthyroidism.
Does alcohol affect thyroid blood test?
Drinking too much alcohol can lower your T4 and T3 lab results, especially with frequent heavy use. Additionally, it may also lower your TSH and make you feel more symptomatic.
Does alcohol affect your thyroid medication?
While various foods and medications affect the absorption of levothyroxine, alcohol has no significant interaction with this medication. Consuming alcohol on a regular basis could lead to liver disease and is not recommended.